US Pat. No. 10,363,792

AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR COOLING AND DRYING AIR IN PASSENGER COMPARTMENT OF VEHICLE

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. A method of operating an air-conditioning system for operating in both a cooling system mode and a heat pump mode for cooling and heating air in a passenger compartment of a vehicle and for operating in a reheating mode, the method comprising steps of:transferring at least two air mass flows in a housing of the air-conditioning system, further including an air-distribution housing in the passenger compartment including at least an in-dashboard discharge port;
cooling or dehumidifying a first one of the at least two air mass flows as the first one of the at least two air mass flows is conveyed through an evaporator of a refrigerant circulation system;
dividing the first one of the at least two air mass flows into at least two partial cold-air mass flows, a first one of the at least two partial cold-air mass flows is guided to the air distribution housing upstream of the in-dashboard discharge port in the passenger compartment, and a second one of the at least two partial cold-air mass flows is directly guided to the in-dashboard discharge port through a cold-air flow path and then guided to the passenger compartment downstream of the in-dashboard discharge port;
heating a second one of the at least two air mass flows as the second one of the at least two air mass flows is conveyed through a condenser gas/cooler of the refrigerant circulation system, the second one of the at least two air mass flows guided to the air distribution housing upstream of the in-dashboard discharge port;
mixing the first one of the at least two partial cold-air mass flows with the second one of the at least two air mass flows guided to the air distribution housing upstream of the in-dashboard discharge port in the air-distribution housing to form a mixed flow stream; and
introducing the mixed flow stream into the passenger compartment downstream of the in-dashboard discharge port through the in-dashboard discharge port, the first one of the at least two partial cold-air mass flows and the mixed flow stream guided through the in-dashboard discharge port simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 10,363,791

AXLE UNIT FOR COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

SAF-HOLLAND GMBH, Bessen...

1. An axle assembly for commercial vehicles, comprising:a linkage element having a first end and a second end;
a first axle element, wherein the linkage element extends between the first axle element and a vehicle frame, the linkage element is pivotably coupled to the vehicle frame at the first end and coupled to the first axle element near the second end; and
a second axle element, wherein the first and second axle elements are pivotably supported from the vehicle frame by the linkage element;
wherein the first axle element extends mainly along a tube axle and is fixed on a first side of the linkage element between the first and second ends of the linkage element;
wherein the second axle element is at least partially rotationally symmetric around a stub axle and is fixed at a second side of the linkage element between the first and second ends of the linkage element;
wherein the tube axle and the stub axle are spaced one from the other in an area of the linkage element;
wherein a supporting section is provided, which is configured as an integral one-piece part with the linkage element, so that a suspension element is supported in a way that a first surface of the suspension element is overlapped or intersected at least in parts by at least one of the tube axle and the stub axle;
wherein both the first axle element and the second axle element are directly and materially bonded to the linkage element;
wherein the stub axle in the area of the linkage element is spaced from the tube axle by a vertical distance v;
wherein the stub axle in the area of the linkage element is spaced from the tube axle by a horizontal distance h; and
wherein the ratio of the horizontal distance h to the vertical distance v is in the range of about 0 to about 5.

US Pat. No. 10,363,790

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROACTIVE CONTROL OF A VIBRATION DAMPING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method for controlling a vibration damping system of a vehicle, comprising:detecting a profile of a road surface with a sensor;
identifying an upcoming change in height of a portion of the detected road surface;
determining whether the change in height meets or exceeds a threshold;
if the change in height meets or exceeds the threshold, selecting a road surface profile classification from a plurality of predetermined classifications stored in an electronic memory, based on the change in height of the detected road surface profile; and
adjusting a damping force of the damping system based on the selected classification by setting a characteristic curve of the damping system to have a maximum value of damping prior to and during a first period corresponding to interaction of a wheel of the vehicle with a leading edge of the portion of the detected road surface and setting the characteristic curve to have a minimum value of damping prior to and during a second period after the first period and corresponding to interaction of the wheel of the vehicle with a trailing edge of the portion of the detected road surface.

US Pat. No. 10,363,789

TOP MOUNT ASSEMBLY WITH BUSHING HAVING INTEGRAL ANTI-VIBRATION FEATURE

The Pullman Company, Mil...

9. A suspension mount for coupling a first component and a second component of a vehicle, the suspension mount comprising:a housing including a bore and a first shoulder, the housing adapted to be coupled to the first component of the vehicle;
an elastomeric bushing including a bore adapted to receive the second component of the vehicle, the elastomeric bushing including a first portion, a spaced apart ring portion, and a web portion interconnecting the ring portion and the first portion, wherein the ring portion, the web portion and the first portion are integrally formed with one another; and
a cap including a peripheral portion having a second shoulder, wherein the elastomeric bushing is positioned within the housing with the ring portion being engaged with the first shoulder, the first shoulder cooperating with the second shoulder to trap the ring portion between the housing and the cap and provide a seal and vibration isolator therebetween, wherein the first portion of the elastomeric bushing includes a conically shaped outer surface and the cap includes a complimentarily shaped surface in engagement therewith.

US Pat. No. 10,363,788

VIBRATION DAMPER FOR A VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A vibration damper for a vehicle, comprising:a wheel carrier, made of metal, that rotatably receives a wheel;
a damper tube arrangement, made at least in part of fiber-reinforced plastic, which is fixedly connected to the wheel carrier, wherein the damper tube arrangement outside of the wheel carrier forms a damper fluid volume;
a piston guided in the damper tube arrangement, the piston having a piston rod, wherein the piston rod is connectable to a body of the vehicle;
wherein the damper tube arrangement is open at an end face so that the damper fluid volume transitions directly into a wheel carrier fluid volume within the wheel carrier so that
fluid in the wheel carrier fluid volume is in direct contact with the metal of the wheel carrier in order to transfer heat; and
a base valve, separate from the piston, disposed within the wheel carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,363,787

ECCENTRIC ADJUSTER FOR ADJUSTING A CONNECTING POINT FOR A LINK OF A HUB CARRIER, AND HUB CARRIER COMPRISING THE ECCENTRIC ADJUSTER

1. An eccentric adjusting unit for adjusting a connection point for a control arm of a wheel suspension, comprising:an electric motor; and
an eccentric gear section, wherein the eccentric gear section has an input shaft and an output shaft, wherein the input shaft is configured to be driven by the electric motor and wherein the output shaft rotates eccentrically with respect to an output axis of rotation and can be in operative connection with the connection point or forms this connection point;
wherein the eccentric gear section has a star wheel gear stage.

US Pat. No. 10,363,786

BALL SOCKET ASSEMBLY WITH A LOW FRICTION BEARING

Federal-Mogul Motorparts ...

7. A socket assembly, comprising:a housing with an inner bore which extends along a central axis from a closed first end to an open second end;
a ball stud including a ball portion that is disposed in said inner bore of said housing and including a shank portion which projects out of said housing through said open second end;
a backing bearing disposed in said inner bore and slidably supporting said ball portion of said ball stud;
a pair of thrust washers disposed in said inner bore of said housing between said closed first end of said housing and said backing bearing and operatively supporting said backing bearing to allow low friction rotation of said backing bearing relative to said housing;
one of said thrust washers being in direct contact with said backing bearing;
a washer spring disposed in said inner bore of said housing between said thrust washers and said closed first end of said housing;
wherein the one of said thrust washers that is not in direct contact with said backing bearing is in direct contact with said washer spring; and
wherein said backing bearing is able to move in a radial direction within said inner bore of said housing.

US Pat. No. 10,363,784

TIRE TRACTION DEVICE

1. A non-skid device comprisinga first stanchion, a second stanchion, a base plate, and a strap;
wherein the non-skid device is configured for use with a vehicle;
wherein the vehicle is further defined with a wheel and a tire;
wherein the tire is further defined with a first outer sidewall and a second outer sidewall;
wherein the wheel is further defined with a wheel disk;
wherein the non-skid device is configured for use with the wheel and tire of the vehicle;
wherein the first stanchion, the second stanchion and the strap attach the base plate to the wheel and tire of the vehicle;
wherein the non-skid device increases the load bearing surface area relative to the surface area provided by the wheel and tire of the vehicle;
wherein the base plate is further defined with a medial surface and a distal surface;
wherein the strap is further defined with a first end and a second end;
wherein the first stanchion is a cantilever prism structure;
wherein the first stanchion projects perpendicularly away from the medial surface of the base plate;
wherein the first stanchion is further defined with a first fixed end and a first free end;
wherein the second stanchion is a cantilever prism structure;
wherein the second stanchion projects perpendicularly away from the medial surface of the base plate;
wherein the second stanchion is further defined with a second fixed end and a second free end;
wherein the first end of the strap permanently attaches to the free end of the first stanchion;
wherein the second end of the strap removably attaches to the second stanchion;
wherein the second stanchion is a telescopic structure;
wherein the span of the length of the second stanchion from the fixed end attached to the base plate to the free end of the second stanchion is adjustable;
wherein the second stanchion comprises a first arm, a second arm, a ratchet, and a detent;
wherein the detent connects the second arm to the first arm;
wherein the first arm is a hollow first prism that is further defined with an inner dimension;
wherein the second arm is a second prism that is further defined with an outer dimension;
wherein the first arm and the second arm are geometrically similar.

US Pat. No. 10,363,783

TIRE SENSOR MOUNTING ASSEMBLY, VEHICLE WHEEL BALANCER, COMBINATION TIRE SENSOR MOUNTING ASSEMBLY AND WHEEL BALANCER, METHOD FOR MOUNTING A TIRE SENSOR TO A VEHICLE PART, AND METHOD FOR BALANCING A VEHICLE WHEEL

ITIRE, LLC, Rock Hill, S...

1. A combination vehicle tire sensor assembly and in-tire wheel balancer adapted for residing inside a pneumatic tire mounted on a wheel rim of a motor vehicle, said combination comprising:a flexible mounting cable secured to said sensor assembly, and adapted for extending circumferentially within an annular space formed between the tire and wheel rim;
a counterweight secured to said mounting cable a spaced distance from said sensor assembly; and
a substantially hollow balancer belt adjacent said sensor assembly and counterweight, and defining a circumferentially-extending exterior groove designed for receiving and locating said mounting cable, and a circumferentially-extending interior cavity adapted for containing a wheel-balancing medium.

US Pat. No. 10,363,782

PNEUMATIC VEHICLE TIRE

Continental Reifen Deutsc...

1. A pneumatic vehicle tire defining an axial direction and an axial outermost point measured in said axial direction, an imaginary baseline (BL) which contacts the outer end of a rim radius of a standard rim corresponding to the pneumatic vehicle tire dimensions, and having a nominal tire cross-section height (H) measured from the baseline (BL) of at most 100 mm, the pneumatic vehicle tire comprising:a tread having a lateral side;
a ply structure;
a bead core;
a radial carcass having a bead region in which said radial carcass extends around said bead core from axially inside to axially outside and with a turned-back portion that is guided so as to extend back up to underneath said ply structure to form an overlapping region between said turned-back portion and said ply structure;
a wing rubber extending from said lateral side of said tread in the direction of said bead region;
a rim protection rubber extending from said bead region in the direction of said wing rubber;
at least said wing rubber, said rim protection rubber, and a sidewall rubber component conjointly defining a sidewall having a radially outer portion;
said wing rubber having a radial inner end section covering said sidewall rubber component that adjoins said wing rubber in a covered region in the direction toward said bead region;
said sidewall rubber component having a first tapered end section in said covered region of the sidewall rubber component and said sidewall rubber component extending from the first tapered end section thereof down to an end surface of the rim protection rubber;
said first tapered end section of said sidewall rubber component being tapered in the direction of said tread;
said first tapered end section of said sidewall rubber component having an end that is at a distance (h2) from the baseline (BL);
said wing rubber being the only sidewall region rubber element that extends to said tread and said wing rubber being in direct contact with said turned-back portion of said carcass in said radially outer portion of said sidewall that is radially above the distance (h2) from the baseline (BL);
said distance (h2) being between 45% and 70% of said cross-section height (H);
said radial inner end section covering said sidewall rubber component extending in the direction toward said bead region so as to cause said radial inner end section to be present at said axial outermost point of said tire; and
said rim protection rubber extending radially beneath the bead core and terminating at a position axially inward of an axially inner surface of said bead core,
wherein said pneumatic vehicle tire has an axially outermost tire surface defined by a combination of said wing rubber and said sidewall rubber component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,781

TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A tire comprising:a tread portion having a designated installing direction to a vehicle to define an outboard tread edge and an inboard tread edge;
the tread portion being provided with a plurality of circumferentially and continuously extending main grooves comprising an outboard shoulder main groove, an outboard middle main groove, an inboard shoulder main groove and an inboard middle main groove to define an outboard middle portion between the outboard shoulder main groove and the outboard middle main groove, an inboard middle portion between the inboard shoulder main groove and the inboard middle main groove, and a central portion between the outboard middle main groove and the inboard middle main groove;
the central portion being provided with a circumferentially and continuously extending central sipe;
the outboard middle portion being provided with a plurality of outboard middle lateral grooves extending between the outboard shoulder main groove and the outboard middle main groove, a plurality of outboard middle circumferential sipes each extending between adjacent outboard middle lateral grooves, and a plurality of outboard middle lateral sipes extending from the outboard shoulder main groove toward the outboard middle circumferential sipes without reaching the outboard middle circumferential sipes;
the inboard middle portion being provided with a plurality of inboard middle lateral grooves extending between the inboard shoulder main groove and the inboard middle main groove, a plurality of inboard middle circumferential sipes each extending between adjacent inboard middle lateral grooves, and a plurality of inboard middle lateral sipes extending from the inboard shoulder main groove or the inboard middle main groove toward the inboard middle circumferential sipes without reaching the inboard middle circumferential sipes; and
the number of the inboard middle lateral sipes being greater than the number of the outboard middle lateral sipes,
wherein the number of the plurality of outboard middle lateral grooves is same as the number of the plurality of inboard middle lateral grooves, the number of plurality of outboard middle circumferential sipes is same as the number of the plurality of inboard middle circumferential sipes, and no sipe that extends from the outboard middle main groove is provided on the outboard middle portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,780

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire comprisinga tread portion provided on each side of the tire equator with a crown circumferential groove, a shoulder circumferential groove disposed axially outside the crown circumferential groove, and shoulder lateral grooves extending between the shoulder circumferential groove and the adjacent tread edge,
the tread portion further provided with crown lateral grooves extending straight between the crown circumferential grooves,
said crown circumferential groove and said shoulder circumferential groove each being a zigzag groove made up of alternately arranged first groove segments and second groove segments,
wherein
each of the first groove segments has a crank shape made up of a shorter central part extending in a direction and two longer parts on both sides of the central part and extending in a different direction inclined with respect to the tire circumferential direction to one tire axial direction, and
each of the second groove segments has a straight shape inclined with respect to the tire circumferential direction to the other tire axial direction,whereina zigzag pitch length Ps of said shoulder circumferential groove is less than a zigzag pitch length Pc of said crown circumferential groove, wherein the zigzag pitch length is the total circumferential length of one first groove segment and one second groove segment,
both ends of each of the crown lateral grooves are respectively connected to one of the second groove segments of one of the crown circumferential grooves and one of the second groove segments of the other crown circumferential groove,
the second groove segments to which the crown lateral grooves are connected are inclined with respect to the tire axial direction to one tire circumferential direction, whereas the crown lateral grooves are inclined at an angle ?c with respect to the tire axial direction to the other tire circumferential direction,
the shoulder lateral grooves each extend at an angle ?s with respect to the tire axial direction which is less than the angle ?c of the crown lateral grooves, and
the number Ns of the shoulder lateral grooves on each side of the tire equator is more than the number Nc of the crown lateral grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,363,779

HEAVY DUTY PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

16. A heavy duty pneumatic tire comprising:a tread portion provided with a plurality of circumferentially extending main grooves so that the tread portion consists of nine land portions separated by the main grooves;
the nine land portions comprising a shoulder land portion having a tread edge, a first middle land portion adjacent to the shoulder land portion, a second middle land portion adjacent to the first middle land portion, a third middle land portion adjacent to the second middle land portion, and a central land portion adjacent to the third middle land portion;
the shoulder land portion being formed into a circumferentially continuous rib;
the first middle land portion being formed into a row of first middle blocks separated by a plurality of first middle lateral grooves;
the second middle land portion being formed into a row of second middle blocks separated by a plurality of second middle lateral grooves;
each first middle block having a circumferential length greater than that of each second middle block;
the third land portion being provided with a plurality of third middle lateral grooves to form a plurality of third middle blocks;
the central land portion being provided with a plurality of central lateral grooves to form a plurality of central blocks, and
circumferential lengths L4 of the plurality of central blocks being equal to or more than circumferential lengths L3 of the plurality of third middle blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,363,778

TIRE HAVING A SOFTENED CARCASS REINFORCEMENT

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A tire for a heavy goods vehicle, havinga radial carcass reinforcement comprising a crown reinforcement formed of at least two working crown layers of reinforcing elements that are crossed from one layer to another, forming angles of between 10° and 45° with the circumferential direction,
said crown reinforcement itself being capped radially with a tread, said tread being joined to two beads by way of two sidewalls,
the radial carcass reinforcement additionally comprises, in each shoulder, an axially outer end of a layer of additional reinforcing elements that are mutually parallel in the layer and are oriented circumferentially,
wherein said axially outer end of said layer of reinforcing elements that are mutually parallel in the layer and are oriented circumferentially is axially outside said at least two working crown layers, and
at least one additional protective layer is axially interposed between the layers of additional reinforcing elements, an axially inner end of each respective additional reinforcing layer that are mutually parallel in the layer and are oriented circumferentially being axially in line with an axially outer end of the at least one additional protective layer, of reinforcing elements
wherein the reinforcing elements of the carcass reinforcement have a diameter less than 0.85 mm, and wherein said reinforcing elements of the carcass reinforcement are made up of threads with a diameter less than 0.16 mm, and
wherein the crown reinforcement, which is supplemented radially on the outside by the at least one additional layer, the reinforcing elements being oriented with respect to the circumferential direction at an angle of between 10° and 45° and in the same direction as the angle formed by the inextensible elements of the working layer which is radially adjacent thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,363,777

VEHICLE WHEEL

JITI LOGISTICS CO., LTD.,...

1. A vehicle wheel comprising:a disc member to which an axle is connected; and
a rim portion connected to the disc member and on which a tire is mounted,
wherein the rim portion includes:
a first tire mounting portion connected to the disc member and including a first bead seat coming into contact with an outer bead of the tire;
a second tire mounting portion located and spaced apart from the first tire mounting portion and including a second bead seat coming into contact with an inner bead of the tire; and
a well portion including an outer well portion extending from the first tire mounting portion, and an inner well portion configured to connect the outer well portion to the second tire mounting portion, and
wherein a thickness is formed to be thinner in an order of the outer well portion, the second bead seat, and the inner well portion;
wherein the thickness of the outer well portion is 1.2 to 1.8 times that of the second bead seat;
wherein the thickness of the outer well portion is 1.2 to 2.5 times that of the inner well portion;
wherein the inner well portion is formed to be inclined in an outward direction of the outer well portion based on a rotational center of the disc member;
wherein the inner well portion is formed to be inclined in multi-stepped stages;
wherein the inner well portion includes:
a first inclined portion formed to be inclined from the outer well portion to the second bead seat; and
a second inclined portion formed to be inclined from the second bead seat to the first inclined portion and connected to the first inclined portion;
wherein an inclined angle between the bottom surface of the second bead seat and the second inclined portion is the same as a slope angle between the rotational center line of the disc member and the second inclined portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,776

WHEEL ROTATED BY LOAD APPLIED TO AXLE REMAINING STATIONARY AT ECCENTRIC POSITION

1. A wheel rotated by a load applied to an axle mounted on a rotation body always remaining stationary at an eccentric position of the wheel spaced apart from the center of the wheel by a given distance, the wheel comprising: a plurality of pressure elastic bodies or leaf springs mounted on the inner periphery of an outer rim of the wheel to apply a given pressure to the outer periphery of the rotation body fitted to the axle to which the load is applied; a load frame connected to a fixed frame by means of a hinge shaft in such a manner as to be movable upward and downward; a power wheel mounted on the fixed frame in such a manner as to be fixedly mounted on the fixed frame to allow the wheel mounted on the axle mounted on the load frame to contactedly operate engagedly therewith; a pressure elastic body connected between the upper portion of the fixed frame and the load frame to allow the load applied to the axle rotatably mounted on the load frame to be kept applied by means of the elastic force generated therefrom; a tension elastic body connected between the lower portion of the fixed frame and the load frame to allow the load applied to the axle rotatably mounted on the load frame to be kept applied by means of the elastic force generated therefrom; and a control roller for allowing the center of the rotation body fitted to the axle to be spaced apart from the center of the wheel by the given distance, whereby the control roller controls the outer rim of the wheel to allow the center of the wheel to be spaced apart from the center of the rotation body by the given distance so that the axle always remains stationary at the eccentric position of the wheel and the drive shaft fixedly mounted on the power wheel engagedly operating with the wheel rotating by the load kept applied to axle mounted on the rotation body is driven.

US Pat. No. 10,363,775

VEHICLE WHEEL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A VEHICLE WHEEL

ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe...

1. A vehicle wheel for motor vehicles, the vehicle wheel comprising:a wheel-rim ring having an opening;
a main member positioned at least partially in the opening of the wheel-rim ring, wherein the main member has an attachment region with receptacles for attachment to a vehicle, wherein the main member comprises spokes, wherein the main member is connected to the wheel-rim ring; and
a covering shell for at least partially covering the main member, wherein the main member is free from the covering shell at least in the attachment region with the receptacles, wherein the covering shell comprises spokes, wherein the spokes of the covering shell at least partially cover the spokes of the main member, wherein the spokes of the covering shell have radially outer ends and radially inner ends, wherein the covering shell directly contacts the main member and directly contacts the wheel-rim ring, wherein the covering shell is connected directly to the main member and directly to the wheel-rim ring via welding or brazing,
wherein the covering shell, the main member and the wheel-rim are produced from sheet steel,
wherein the covering shell and the main member together bear an operating load, wherein the covering shell bears a smaller portion of the operating load than the main member,
wherein either
the covering shell comprises a radially inner ring-shaped region that connects the radially inner ends of the spokes of the covering shell and the covering shell is connected to the main member in the inner ring-shaped region of the covering shell, wherein the outer ends of the spokes each are connected to the wheel-rim ring, or
the covering shell comprises a radially outer ring-shaped region that connects the radially outer ends of the spokes of the covering shell and the covering shell is connected to the wheel-rim ring in the outer ring-shaped region of the covering shell, wherein the spokes taper in a radially inward direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,774

TUBELESS SPOKED WHEEL STRUCTURE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A tubeless spoked wheel structure comprisinga tubeless spoked wheel including a rim and a tire defining an air space, and wire spokes connecting the rim and a hub to integrate the wheel, the air space sealed to maintain a pressure of the tire, wherein
the rim includes an annular raised portion arranged around the entirety of a centerline of the rim in a vehicle width direction, the annular raised portion having a bore with an internal thread that is arranged along the annular raised portion and is not in communication with the air space, the annular raised portion protruding radially inwardly to have a height corresponding to a length of the internal thread,
each spoke includes
a spoke head arranged at a distal end nearer to the rim, and
an external thread arranged at a basal end nearer to the hub,
the rim and the distal end of each spoke are connected with a connection including
a connecting member having an outer periphery including an external thread that is screwed into the internal thread,
each internal thread in the rim extends parallel to a radial direction of the rim, the connecting member is connected to the internal thread parallel to the radial direction of the rim,
the connecting member has a hollow for receiving the spoke head of the spoke that is engaged rotatably about a central axis of the connecting member, the connecting member is screwed into the internal thread, and
the external thread arranged at the basal end of each spoke is screwed in a nipple assembled with the hub.

US Pat. No. 10,363,772

TURKEY FAN FAVORITE

1. A device for spreading a turkey's tail feathers in a fan-like display utilizing a four and three quarter inch wide and five and a half inches tall U shaped device used to fully hold open a turkey's tail feathers and attaching two rubber clips to the opposing outside quill at base of the feathers on opposite sides of the fan-like display, that are attached to the turkey's rear body mass and attaching a center clip to the turkey's center vertical feather quill at the base of middle feather to fully spread open and extend tail in a quality fan like position and using locking clips attached to the feather quills and remaining unseen from front of tail while utilizing a hole made into the device at the top center to hang on a wall.

US Pat. No. 10,363,770

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR PRINTED SECURITY FEATURES

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A method comprising:printing an image to a target;
printing an image-wise security feature to a target with a clear material transferred from a mass transfer panel of a thermal transfer sheet, wherein the security feature is provided with a separate printing technique than the image and provides a visual effect that is distinct and distinguishable from the image; and
providing a uniform top coat above at least the image, wherein the target is disposed on a re-transferable film that comprises the top coat, and wherein the image and image-wise security features are printed to the re-transferable film.

US Pat. No. 10,363,769

TRANSACTION CARD HAVING FEATURES FOR EASY REMOVAL FROM WALLET

CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC...

1. A method of manufacturing a transaction card, comprising:printing a card board containing a plurality of card blanks, wherein each card blank on the card board is printed with information common to all of the cards;
cutting individual card blanks from the printed card board, each card blank including a first surface and an opposing, substantially parallel second surface spaced from the first surface by a thickness of the card blank;
machining a feature along a first region of at least one of the first and second surfaces such that the machined feature deviates from a smooth, flat surface of the card and is configured for tactile engagement to facilitate removal of the card from a pocket of a card-carrying case; and
machining a portion of the card to a thinner thickness than remaining portions of the card to facilitate insertion of the card into the pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,363,767

METHOD FOR MARKING A FEATURE SUBSTANCE, SECURITY FEATURE, DOCUMENT OF VALUE AND METHOD FOR VERIFYING SAID DOCUMENT

1. A method for marking a feature substance, present in pulverized form, with at least one marker, with the feature substance being suitable for authentication of value documents, comprising the step of mixing the feature substance with a small quantity of the marker present in form of particles, the small quantity of the marker lying in a range of 0.1 to 10 wt. % based on a total weight of the marked feature substance, so that macroscopic detectability and identifiability of the feature substance is not influenced by the marker and the marker is detectable in a value document having a security feature containing the marked feature substance by means of a spatially resolving analytical method which is adapted to resolve down to a single-particle level;wherein the feature substance is a luminescent feature substance and the marker is a luminescent marker;
wherein an emission of the luminescent marker occurs in another spectral wavelength region compared to the emission of the marked luminescent feature substance, or
wherein the luminescent marker is excitable in another spectral wavelength region than the marked luminescent feature substance.

US Pat. No. 10,363,766

INFORMATION ITEM FORMING MACHINE WITH VISUAL INSPECTION UNIT AND METHOD FOR FORMING AND SORTING INFORMATIONAL ITEMS

1. An apparatus for forming and sorting informational items having product information printed thereon, the apparatus comprising:at least one folding unit to form a folded article from a sheet of paper having information printed thereon;
a conveyor belt to transport the folded article away from the folding unit;
a camera disposed adjacent the conveyor belt and downstream from the folding unit, the camera to capture an image of the folded article as the folded article passes by the camera on the conveyor belt;
a controller operatively coupled to the camera and to receive and process the image of the folded article to determine whether the folded article has a satisfactory configuration; and
a diverter assembly disposed adjacent to the conveyor belt and downstream from the camera, the diverter assembly operatively coupled to the controller to cause the folded article to move off of the conveyor belt in response to the controller determining that the configuration of the folded article fails to satisfy at least one predetermined criteria, wherein the diverter assembly comprises a pusher or piston disposed adjacent the conveyor belt to impact the folded article and eject the folded article from the conveyor belt.

US Pat. No. 10,363,765

ADAPTIVE FILTER AND METHOD OF OPERATING AN ADAPTIVE FILTER

NXP B.V., Eindhoven (NL)...

1. A method of iterative determination of an offset filter coefficient of an adaptive filter using resources sharing comprising:adjusting a filter coefficient to form the offset filter coefficient in an iterative procedure comprising:
determining a determined filter coefficient from the filter coefficient by sharing a shared resource, configured to execute an adaptive convergence algorithm on the filter coefficient and at least one other filter coefficient, and wherein a sharing factor equals a number of filter coefficients of the at least one other filter coefficient plus one;
determining an offset, based on a monitored change of the determined filter coefficient and the sharing factor; and
adding the offset to the determined filter coefficient, at a first time period, if the determined filter coefficient, has not reached a steady state.

US Pat. No. 10,363,764

PORTABLE PRINTER AND METHODS

AVERY DENNISON CORPORATIO...

1. A printer, comprising:A housing having at least a pair of exit openings readily accessible from outside of the printer, and a pair of front bumpers and a pair of rear bumpers disposed at top corners of the housing and which extend outwardly to contact a surface if the printer falls, and the housing has a door with a lower portion with a converging throat,
a support mounted on the housing,
a print head mounted on the support and capable of printing on a web of record members,
an ink ribbon cartridge received on the support,
a label roll holder having at least a pair of holding members that are engageable with a supply roll;
a sensor system mounted on one of the at least a pair of holding members; and
a movably mounted guide for the web, the guide being movable between an open position and a closed guiding position, the guide being spring-urged to the open position to enable the ink ribbon cartridge to be received on the support, and the ink ribbon cartridge being engageable with the guide to the move the guide toward the closed position against the spring-urging.

US Pat. No. 10,363,763

COVER PIECE AND MEDIUM STORAGE CASSETTE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A cover piece to be removably attached to a medium storage cassette including a medium storage section for storing a medium, and an operation unit provided in a recess and configured to lock and unlock the medium storage section to and from an apparatus main body, the cover piece comprising:a main portion configured to enter the recess in the medium storage cassette so as to cover the recess;
a sliding portion configured to slide so as to switch between a first state in which the sliding portion sticks out from the main portion and the main portion is locked to the recess, and a second state in which the main portion is unlocked and allowed to enter the recess and be removed from the recess; and
an opening for receiving a key member,
wherein the sliding portion switches the first state to the second state, when the key member is inserted in the opening,
wherein the key member unmovable from the opening, and the cover piece is detachable together with the key member from the recess, when the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,363,762

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting unit that ejects a liquid to a medium;
a main body in which the liquid ejecting unit is accommodated;
a liquid storage unit including at least one liquid container for storing the liquid and located on a front side of the apparatus;
an operation panel through which operations are inputted, the operation panel being located on the front side of the apparatus and configured to be retracted and pivoted upward; and
a stretchable medium output tray located on the front side of the apparatus, to receive the medium discharged,
wherein the liquid storage unit and the medium output tray are both protruding forward with respect to the operation panel, when the operation panel and the medium output tray are retracted in the main body,
wherein a front face of the liquid storage unit and a forward end portion of the medium output tray are flush with each other in a depth direction of the liquid ejecting apparatus, when the medium output tray is accommodated in the main body,
wherein the liquid container includes a liquid inlet port through which the liquid can be received from a liquid supply container, and
wherein the liquid inlet port is located between a front face of the liquid storage unit and a front face of the operation panel, in a depth direction of the apparatus, when the operation panel is retracted.

US Pat. No. 10,363,761

FLEXIBLE PACKAGING PRINTER WITH MULTIPLE PRINT LANES

INC.JET INC., Norwich, C...

1. An imaging device for depositing ink on a web, the imaging device comprising:a ski plate having an elongated opening configured to hold a plurality of print head assemblies in a grid defined by multiple rows and multiple print lanes, the elongated opening having a width of at least two rows and a length spanning at least four print lanes, and the elongated opening is configured to simultaneously hold at least one print head assembly in each lane and at least two print head assemblies in each row; and
an engagement structure configured to couple at least one print head assembly to the elongated opening of the ski plate at multiple positions along the elongated opening whereby a spacing between the multiple print lanes is adjustable.

US Pat. No. 10,363,760

DUPLEX PRINTING SYSTEM FOR CUT SHEETS AND A METHOD THEREFOR

1. A printing system for cut sheets, the printing system comprising:a controller configured to control the printing of image data on a plurality of sheets and scheduling the plurality of sheets in a printing order;
a paper path comprising a duplex printing loop and a rotational functional component arranged in the duplex printing loop for guiding and processing a printed sheet for two passes along or on a surface of the rotational functional component; and
a print engine arranged in the duplex printing loop and configured to dispose marking material on the sheets according to the image data, in two passes, one side per pass,
wherein the controller is configured to schedule one-sided printed sheets for a first pass guided along or on the surface of the rotational functional component and two-sided printed sheets for a second pass guided along or on the surface of the rotational functional component by using the duplex printing loop and to determine a distance between subsequent sheets guided along or on the surface of the rotational functional component such that a location on the surface of the rotational functional component is covered by printed sides of two-sided printed sheets at most a maximum number of times before the location on the surface of the rotational functional component is covered by an unprinted side of a one-sided printed sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,363,759

CUTTING MECHANISM AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A cutting mechanism comprising:a cutter blade that is configured to cut a medium;
a cutter unit to which the cutter blade is attached;
a pinion gear that is rotatably attached to the cutter unit, and
a rack gear that is configured to mesh with the pinion gear,
wherein the pinion gear and the rack gear are helical gears with inclined teeth, and
wherein the cutter unit moves while the pinion gear is rotated in a state of meshing the pinion gear and the rack gear.

US Pat. No. 10,363,758

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image recording apparatus comprising:a roller pair configured to nip a sheet therebetween and transport the sheet in a transport direction;
a recording section provided downstream of a nip point of the roller pair in the transport direction and including nozzles that discharge ink droplets;
a support member provided below the recording section and having ribs configured to support a lower surface of the sheet, the ribs being arranged in a width direction orthogonal to the transport direction and spaced apart from each other in the width direction, each of the ribs protruding upwardly and extending in the transport direction; and
abutment portions provided downstream of the nip point in the transport direction and positioned between the ribs in the width direction, the abutment portions being elastically urged to press an upper surface of the sheet, and lower ends of the abutment portions being positioned lower than upper ends of the ribs,
wherein the support member has a center point in the width direction,
wherein the abutment portions includes a first abutment portion and a second abutment portion which is positioned further from the center point of the support member than the first abutment portion in the width direction, and
wherein an urging force urging the first abutment portion is greater than urging force urging the second abutment portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,757

SHEET PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:a pressing member configured to press a fold line formed in a sheet, the pressing member including:
an axis extending along a direction perpendicular to a conveying direction of the sheet,
a spiral shaped projection portion configured to contact with the fold line and to rotate about the axis, and
a contact portion comprising an impact absorbing member separate from the spiral shaped projection portion, adjacent to a portion of the spiral shaped projection portion, and configured to contact with the fold line, the contact portion extending from the spiral shaped projection portion toward an upstream side of a rotational direction of the pressing member,
wherein the spiral shaped projection portion presses the fold line at a contact position, and
wherein the contact position changes in the direction perpendicular to the conveying direction of the sheet in accordance with rotation of the spiral shaped projection portion in a single direction about the axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,756

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DE-SKEWING SUBSTRATES AND LATERALLY REGISTERING IMAGES ON THE SUBSTRATES IN A PRINTER

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A printer comprising:a mechanical de-skewing device configured to identify only an amount of skew in an incoming substrate and to remove only the identified amount of skew from the incoming substrate to de-skew the substrate before the incoming substrate enters a print zone; and
an electronic lateral registration system configured to identify only a lateral position of the de-skewed substrate in the print zone and send image data only to inkjets that correspond to a width of the de-skewed substrate at the identified lateral position of the de-skewed substrate before the de-skewed substrate enters the print zone.

US Pat. No. 10,363,755

APPARATUS FOR AND METHOD OF PROCESSING BASE MATERIAL

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. A base material processing apparatus comprising:a transport mechanism for transporting an elongated strip-shaped base material in a longitudinal direction thereof along a transport path formed by a plurality of rollers;
a processing part for processing said base material in a processing position lying on said transport path;
a force detection part for detecting a force applied in an axial direction of a rotation shaft of a sensing roller, said sensing roller being at least one of said plurality of rollers;
a meandering prediction part for predicting meandering of said base material to output meandering prediction information, based on the force applied in the axial direction of the rotation shaft of said sensing roller; and
a meandering correction part for correcting a widthwise position of said base material relative to said processing part, based on said meandering prediction information.

US Pat. No. 10,363,754

INKJET PRINTING MACHINE

RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION, ...

1. An inkjet printing machine comprising:an inkjet head;
an ink cartridge that is disposed at a position lower than that of the inkjet head, and holds ink therein;
an ink route that connects the ink cartridge to the inkjet head;
a branch route with one end connected to a branching point on the ink route and the other end connected to a joining point on the ink route, the joining point being on an inkjet head side viewed from the branching point;
a pump that is disposed on the branch route, and used to send ink from the ink cartridge to the inkjet head;
a valve that is disposed on a direct route which is a route between the branching point and the joining point, and opens and closes a channel for a fluid within the direct route; and
a controller configured
(i) to close the valve and drive the pump in initial filling of the inkjet head with ink,
(ii) to stop the pump and open the valve on or after a time point when a tip of ink introduced into the ink route reaches a prescribed position on an inkjet head side viewed from the joining point,
(iii) to close the valve after the ink in the ink route flows backward to move the air in the direct route into the ink cartridge, and
(iv) to drive the pump to fill the inkjet head with ink.

US Pat. No. 10,363,753

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUSES

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting head that ejects liquid; and
a supply device that supplies the liquid from a liquid supply source to the liquid ejecting head, the supply device including:
a first liquid supplying flow path that supplies the liquid toward the liquid ejecting head;
a pump that is provided in the first liquid supplying flow path and feeds the liquid to a downstream side where the liquid ejecting head is located;
a second liquid supplying flow path having one end connected to an upstream connecting portion located on an upstream side relative to the pump in the first liquid supplying flow path and the other end connected to a downstream connecting portion located on a downstream side relative to the pump, the second liquid supplying flow path together with the first liquid supplying flow path forms a circulation flow path in which the liquid circulates;
a pressure control valve disposed in the second liquid supplying flow path;
a buffer in which a volume of a storage chamber that stores the liquid varies by displacement of a flexible member; and
a pressure applying section that applies pressure to the flexible member from an outside of the storage chamber, wherein
the buffer is disposed at least one of a position on a downstream side relative to the pump in the first liquid supplying flow path and a position that is closer to the downstream connecting portion than the pressure control valve is in the second liquid supplying flow path, and
the pressure control valve opens when a pressure in the buffer becomes a predetermined pressure or higher.

US Pat. No. 10,363,752

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND LIQUID DISCHARGE METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:a liquid chamber fluidly communicating with a nozzle configured to discharge liquid through the nozzle;
a capacity change member configured to change a capacity of the liquid chamber;
an inflow path connected to the liquid chamber and configured to allow the liquid to be flown into the liquid chamber;
an outflow path connected to the liquid chamber and configured to allow the liquid to be flown out from the liquid chamber;
a first flow-path resistance change member configured to change a flow-path resistance of the inflow path;
a second flow-path resistance change member configured to change a flow-path resistance of the outflow path; and
a controller configured to control the capacity change member, the first flow-path resistance change member, and the second flow-path resistance change member,
wherein the controller is configured to perform a first operation in which the flow-path resistance of the outflow path is larger than the flow-path resistance of the inflow path while the flow-path resistance of the inflow path and the flow-path resistance of the outflow path increase by controlling the first flow-path resistance change member and the second flow-path resistance change member, and the capacity of the liquid chamber increases by controlling the capacity change member so as to fill the liquid in the liquid chamber, and
after the controller performs the first operation, the controller is configured to perform a second operation in which the flow-path resistance of the outflow path remains increased and the flow-path resistance of the inflow path increases by controlling the first flow-path resistance change member and the second flow-path resistance change member, and the capacity of the liquid chamber decreases by controlling the capacity change portion so as to discharge the liquid from the nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,751

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING INQUIRY PROCESS TO INQUIRE WHETHER INK HAS BEEN INJECTED INTO INK CHAMBER

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:a tank having a set of an ink chamber and an inlet;
a recording assembly including a recording head and configured to eject the ink stored in the ink chamber to record an image on a sheet;
a cover movable between a covering position covering the inlet to restrict ink from being injected into the ink chamber through the inlet and an exposing position exposing the inlet to an outside to allow ink to be injected into the ink chamber through the inlet;
a cover sensor configured to detect a position of the cover;
a memory configured to store:
a first threshold value; and
a count value updated in a direction approaching the first threshold value in accordance with ejection of the ink from the recording assembly;
a display;
an operation interface; and
a controller configured to control the recording head and the display,
the controller being configured to:
perform, in response to the detection through the cover sensor that the cover has been moved to the exposing position and then moved to the covering position, a first determination process to determine whether a quantity of the ink stored in the ink chamber at a time the cover is moved to the exposing position is less than a residual ink threshold;
perform, in response to the determination in the first determination process that the quantity of the ink stored in the ink chamber is not less than the residual ink threshold, a second determination process to determine whether an exposing time during which the cover has been in the exposing position is not less than a first time period;
perform, based on the determination in the second determination process that the exposing time is not less than the first time period, an inquiry process to display an inquiry screen on the display and to receive one of a first operation and a second operation through the operation interface, the inquiry screen inquiring whether ink has been injected into the ink chamber;
perform, based on the determination in the first determination process that the quantity of the ink stored in the ink chamber is less than the residual ink threshold, the inquiry process without performing the second determination process; and
perform, in response to the receipt of the first operation in the inquiry process, an initialization process to initialize the count value.

US Pat. No. 10,363,750

PRINTING-FLUID CARTRIDGE INCLUDING PROTRUSION AND INTERFACE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printing fluid cartridge comprising:a storage chamber configured to store printing fluid;
a supply portion including a supply hole through which the printing fluid is configured to flow out of the storage chamber in a frontward direction crossing a gravitational direction in an upright posture;
a front surface at which the supply portion is provided;
a rear surface away from the front surface in a rearward direction opposite to the frontward direction in the upright posture, the storage chamber being positioned between the front surface and the rear surface;
an upper surface disposed upward relative to the storage chamber and facing upward opposite to the gravitational direction in the upright posture;
a locking surface disposed at the upper surface and facing rearward;
one protrusion positioned at the upper surface and having a detection surface extending in the frontward direction, the one protrusion having one specific portion;
an electrical interface disposed at the upper surface, the locking surface, the electrical interface, and the one protrusion being arranged in a recited order in the frontward direction in the upright posture, the one protrusion, the electrical interface, and the locking surface being arranged upward in a recited order in the upright posture; and
another protrusion positioned at the upper surface and disposed rearward relative to the electrical interface,
the another protrusion having another specific portion, the one protrusion and the another protrusion defining a plurality of imaginary planes each of which passes through the one protrusion and the another protrusion, each of the plurality of imaginary planes extending in a widthwise direction perpendicular to the gravitational direction and the frontward direction in the upright posture,
the plurality of imaginary planes including a specific imaginary plane defined by the one specific portion and the another specific portion, the specific imaginary plane being positioned higher than any other imaginary plane between the one protrusion and the another protrusion,
an entire part of the electrical interface being positioned downward relative to the specific imaginary plane in the gravitational direction in the upright posture such that a gap is formed between the entire part of the electrical interface and the specific imaginary plane.

US Pat. No. 10,363,748

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting head configured to eject a liquid; and
a liquid storage section configured to store the liquid to be fed to the liquid ejecting head,
the liquid storage section comprising:
a liquid feed port to feed the liquid to the liquid ejecting head,
a liquid filling inlet to refill the liquid, the liquid filling inlet being configured for opening and closing,
an interlocking mechanism having a male portion that interlocks with a female portion to thereby seal the liquid filling inlet, and
a storage tank of which at least part is provided with a flexible section having flexibility, the storage tank having a volume that can be changed by the flexible section deforming.

US Pat. No. 10,363,747

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF SUPPLYING LIQUID

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:an ejection opening for ejecting a liquid;
a pressure chamber having therein an energy generation element for generating energy for ejecting the liquid;
an ejection opening portion that allows communication between the ejection opening and the pressure chamber;
a first flow passage connected to the pressure chamber and supplying the liquid to the pressure chamber; and
a second flow passage connected to the pressure chamber and collecting the liquid from the pressure chamber,
wherein an expression of H?0.34×P0.66×W >1.7 is satisfied when a height of the pressure chamber at an upstream side of a communication portion between the pressure chamber and the ejection opening portion in a flow direction of the liquid inside the pressure chamber is set to H [?m],
a length of the ejection opening portion in a direction in which the liquid is ejected from the ejection opening is set to P [?m], and
a length of the ejection opening portion in the flow direction of the liquid inside the pressure chamber is set to W [?m].

US Pat. No. 10,363,746

METHOD FOR PRODUCING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for producing a liquid ejection head that includes a member having an ejection port and a flow path communicating with the ejection port and a substrate having an energy generating element configured to eject a liquid supplied from the flow path through the ejection port, the method comprising:a step of providing a positive photosensitive resin layer on a substrate;
a step of heat-treating the positive photosensitive resin layer on the substrate;
a step of forming a mold material having a pattern of the flow path by subjecting the heat-treated positive photosensitive resin layer on the substrate to exposure and development;
a step of covering the mold material on the substrate with a negative photosensitive resin layer for forming the member;
a step of forming the ejection port communicating with the mold material by subjecting the negative photosensitive resin layer covering the mold material to i-line irradiation and development treatment; and
a step of forming the flow path communicating with the ejection port by removing the mold material from the substrate,
wherein the positive photosensitive resin layer includes a light absorbing agent that is nonvolatile at a temperature of the heat treatment of the positive photosensitive resin layer, and
the light absorbing agent has “a light absorbance (a1) at a wavelength of 365 nm” and “an average light absorbance (a2) in a wavelength range of 280 nm or more to 330 nm or less”, and an absorbance ratio A is 1.0 or less where the absorbance ratio A is a ratio a2/a1.

US Pat. No. 10,363,745

PRINTHEADS WITH PRESSURE EQUALIZATION

HEWLETT -PACKARD DEVELOPM...

1. A printhead assembly comprising:a housing having a first printing material reservoir and a second printing material reservoir;
a print nozzle array disposed in a side of the housing and coupled to each respective printing material reservoir through an array channel including the print nozzle array; and
a pressure equalization channel disposed in each of the respective printing material reservoirs to allow air to enter each respective printing material reservoir when a pressure in the respective printing material reservoir changes.

US Pat. No. 10,363,744

FLUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A fluid ejection apparatus, comprising:a nozzle row A comprising nozzles A arranged along the first direction from a first end nozzle of the nozzle row A in a first direction towards a second end nozzle of the nozzle row A in the first direction;
a nozzle row B comprising nozzles B arranged along the first direction, each of the nozzles B is aligned with a different one of the nozzles A in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, respectively;
a nozzle row C comprising nozzles C arranged along the first direction, each of the nozzles C is aligned with a different one of the nozzles A in the second direction, respectively;
a nozzle row D comprising nozzles D arranged along the first direction from a third end nozzle of the nozzle row D in the first direction towards a fourth end nozzle of the nozzle row D in the first direction;
a nozzle row E comprising nozzles E arranged along the first direction, each of the nozzles E is aligned with a different one of the nozzles D in the second direction, respectively; and
a nozzle row F comprising nozzles F arranged along the first direction, each of the nozzles F is aligned with a different one of the nozzles D in the second direction, respectively,
a controller configured to control ejections of fluid from the nozzles A, the nozzles B, the nozzles C, the nozzles D, the nozzles E and the nozzles F,
wherein the nozzle row B is positioned between the nozzle row A and the nozzle row D in the second direction,
wherein the nozzle row D is positioned between the nozzle row B and the nozzle row E in the second direction,
wherein the nozzles A of the nozzle row A are arranged into a nozzle group A1 and a nozzle group A2,
wherein the nozzle group A1 comprises some of the nozzles A,
wherein the nozzle group A2 comprises others of the nozzles A,
wherein the nozzle group A1 is positioned between the nozzle group A2 and the center of the nozzle row A in the first direction,
wherein the nozzles B of the nozzle row B are arranged into a nozzle group B1,
wherein the nozzle group B1 comprises some of the nozzles B,
wherein the nozzle group A1 and the nozzle group B1 are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the nozzles C of the nozzle row C are arranged into a nozzle group C, wherein the nozzle group C comprises some of the nozzles C,
wherein the nozzle group A1 and a portion of the nozzle group C are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the nozzles D of the nozzle row D are arranged into a nozzle group D2,
wherein the nozzle group D2 of the nozzle row D comprises some of the nozzles D,
wherein the nozzle group A2 and the nozzle group D2 are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the nozzles E of the nozzle row E are arranged into a nozzle group E1 and a nozzle group E2,
wherein the nozzle group E1 comprises some of the nozzles E,
wherein the nozzle group E2 comprises others of the nozzles E,
wherein the nozzle group A1 and the nozzle group E1 are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the nozzle group A2 and the nozzle group E2 are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the nozzles F of the nozzle row F are arranged into a nozzle group F,
wherein the nozzle group F comprises some of the nozzles F,
wherein the nozzle group A1 and a portion of the nozzle group F are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the nozzle group C and the nozzle group F are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the controller is configured to control:
the nozzle group A1 to eject fluid at an average usage rate A1 that is an average of usage rates of the some of nozzles A comprising the nozzle group A1;
the nozzle group A2 to eject fluid at an average usage rate A2 that is an average of usage rates of the others of nozzles A comprising the nozzle group A2;
the nozzle group B1 to eject fluid at an average usage rate B1 that is an average of usage rates of the some of nozzles B comprising the nozzle group B1;
the nozzle group C to eject fluid at an average usage rate C that is an average of usage rates of the some of nozzles C comprising the nozzle group C;
the nozzle group D2 to eject fluid at an average usage rate D2 that is an average of usage rates of the some of nozzles D comprising the nozzle group D2;
the nozzle group E1 to eject fluid at an average usage rate E1 that is an average of usage rates of the some of nozzles E comprising the nozzle group E1;
the nozzle group E2 to eject fluid at an average usage rate E2 that is an average of usage rates of the others of nozzles E comprising the nozzle group E2; and
the nozzle group F to eject fluid at an average usage rate F that is an average of usage rates of the some of the nozzles F comprising the nozzle group F,
wherein the average usage rate A2 is smaller than the average usage rate A1,
wherein the average usage rate B1 is smaller than the average usage rate A1,
wherein the average usage rate C is smaller than the average usage rate A1,
wherein the average usage rate D2 is smaller than the average usage rate E2,
wherein the average usage rate E1 is smaller than the average usage rate E2, and
wherein the average usage rate F is smaller than the average usage rate E2.

US Pat. No. 10,363,743

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD HAVING NOZZLE WITH ELECTROSTATIC PROPENSITY

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:a nozzle plate that includes a nozzle forming surface to which a nozzle section through which liquid is ejected is open, the nozzle section forming a hole through the nozzle plate to allow the liquid to be ejected,
wherein an electrostatic propensity of the nozzle section due to contact with the liquid is lower than an electrostatic propensity of the nozzle forming surface due to contact with the liquid,
wherein the nozzle section includes a first region on an upstream side within the nozzle plate and a second region on a downstream side within the nozzle plate in an ejection direction of the liquid, the first region having a larger cross section than the second region,
wherein both a liquid repellent film containing fluorine and a base film extend from the nozzle forming surface into the nozzle section of the nozzle plate such that an amount of fluorine per unit area decreases in an order of the nozzle forming surface, the second region, and the first region, and
wherein the base film extends further into the nozzle section of the nozzle plate than the liquid repellent film and also extends only partially through the nozzle section.

US Pat. No. 10,363,742

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting head which ejects liquid from nozzles; and
a liquid supply path which includes a liquid flow path unit and supplies the liquid to the liquid ejecting head;
wherein the flow path unit includes a liquid chamber partly formed by a flexible member, a displacing member connected to the flexible member and displaced with the flexible member, a guide portion guiding the displacing member in a displacing direction of the flexible member, and a displacement detecting unit which detects a displacement of the flexible member,
wherein the displacing member includes a first guided portion which protrudes inside the liquid chamber along the displacing direction and a second guided portion which protrudes on a side opposite to the liquid chamber,
wherein the guide portion guides the first guided portion of the displacing member,
wherein the displacement detecting unit detects the displacement of the flexible member by detecting a displacement of the second guided portion, and
wherein the flexible member closes the liquid supply path when the flexible member is displaced in a direction in which a volume of the liquid chamber is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,363,739

RECORDING DEVICE AND RECORDING HEAD VOLTAGE SETTING METHOD

Konica Minolta, Inc., To...

1. A recording device performing recording operation by supplying drive voltage to a recording head having predetermined nozzle capacity, comprising:a head voltage control unit of setting target voltage of head voltage used to perform the recording operation by driving the recording head;
a DC voltage generating unit generating drive voltage which increases over a plurality of stages, while giving a feedback at each stage, until the head voltage becomes the target voltage which is set by the head voltage control unit; and
a smoothing capacitor connected between an output unit of the DC voltage generating unit and the recording head and having capacity which is twice or more as large as capacity of all of nozzles of the recording head driven at the same timing,
wherein, when increasing output voltage of the DC voltage generating unit, the output voltage is increased over a predetermined time at each of the plurality of stages until the target voltage is reached, and
wherein an inrush current peak at each of the plurality of stages is less than an inrush current peak when the output voltage is directly increased to the target voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,363,738

LIQUID EJECTING DEVICE, HEAD UNIT, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING LIQUID EJECTING DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting device comprising:an ejecting section that comprises a piezoelectric element that is displaced corresponding to a change in potential of a drive signal, a pressure chamber that changes in internal volume corresponding to the displacement of the piezoelectric element, and a nozzle that communicates with the pressure chamber, and can eject a liquid contained in the pressure chamber corresponding to a change in the internal volume of the pressure chamber; and
a detection section that can detect residual vibrations produced by the ejecting section after the piezoelectric element has been displaced,
the detection section detecting the residual vibrations produced by the ejecting section in either or both of a first period and a second period and in a third period when the drive signal having a drive waveform is supplied to the piezoelectric element, the drive waveform being set to a first potential in the first period, set to a second potential in the second period that follows the first period, and set to a third potential in the third period that follows the second period,
the internal volume of the pressure chamber in the second period being smaller than the internal volume of the pressure chamber in the first period, and
the internal volume of the pressure chamber in the third period being larger than the internal volume of the pressure chamber in the second period.

US Pat. No. 10,363,737

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD WITH CONNECTION MECHANISM FOR A FLEXIBLE CIRCUIT AND CIRCUIT BOARD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:a pair of connectors configured to connect to each other;
a flexible circuit on which one of the connectors is mounted;
a circuit board on which another one of the connectors is mounted;
a driver element that generates a driving force for ejecting liquid from a nozzle in response to an electric signal that is supplied from the flexible circuit to the circuit board via the pair of connectors; and
a locking mechanism that is configured to take (i) a first state in which connection between the flexible circuit and the circuit board is locked while the pair of connectors are connected, and (ii) a second state in which connection between the flexible circuit and the circuit board is not locked while the pair of connectors are connected.

US Pat. No. 10,363,736

METAL ALLOY SHIM FOR MOUNTING PRINTHEAD CHIPS WITH HIGH BONDING STRENGTH

Memjet Technology Limited...

1. An inkjet printhead comprising:a rigid elongate manifold having one or more ink supply channels extending along its length and a plurality of ink outlets defined therein;
a shim attached to the manifold, the shim having a plurality of shim apertures for receiving ink from the ink outlets; and
one or more printhead chips adhesively bonded directly to the shim, each printhead chip receiving ink from one or more of the ink outlets,wherein:the shim is comprised of a metal alloy having a coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of 5 ppm/° C. or less; and
the metal alloy has an adhesion-promoting surface film layer.

US Pat. No. 10,363,735

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image processing apparatus for enabling a printing execution unit to execute image printing, the printing execution unit comprising a print head including a plurality of nozzle groups, the plurality of nozzle groups including a first nozzle group and a second nozzle group, the image processing apparatus comprising a controller configured to perform:acquiring target image data;
determining a direction of moving of the print head among a forward direction and a reverse direction in a main scanning direction for band image data included in the target image data; and
causing the printing execution unit to alternately repeat an ejection process and a moving process for enabling the printing execution unit to print a target image represented by the target image data, the ejection process for ejecting color materials onto a print medium by moving the print head in one of the forward direction and the reverse direction to form a band image represented by corresponding band image data along the main scanning direction using the plurality of nozzle groups,
the ejection process includes a first ejection process and a second ejection process,
the first ejection process for ejecting, by moving the print head in the forward direction, a first color material from the first nozzle group onto a first specific position of the print medium followed by a second color material from the second nozzle group,
the second ejection process for ejecting, by moving the print head in the reverse direction, the second color material from the second nozzle group onto a second specific position of the print medium followed by the first color material from the first nozzle group, and
the moving process for moving the print medium in a sub-scanning direction relative to the print head,
wherein the controller determines the direction of moving of the print head by:
determining whether an L-th (L is an integer of 2 or greater) band image formed by an L-th ejection process satisfies a first color condition, the first color condition associated with a color difference between a first image to be printed and a second image to be printed, the first image being printed by the first ejection process in the forward direction using a pixel included in L-th band image data representing the L-th band image, and the second image being printed by the second ejection process in the reverse direction using a pixel included in the L-th band image data representing the L-th band image,
determining whether the L-th band image satisfies a second color condition, the second color condition representing that a predetermined number or more of pixels in a specific color range are included in another band image different from the L-th band image, a pixel of the pixels being associated with a color difference between a color to be printed using the pixel in the first ejection process in the forward direction and a color to be printed using the pixel in the second ejection process in the reverse direction, the specific color range being a color range including a color represented by a pixel in the L-th band image;
determining, as the direction of moving of the print head in the L-th ejection process, a same direction as the direction of moving of the print head in the ejection process for another band image including the predetermined number or more of the pixels in a case where it is determined that both of the first color condition and the second color condition are satisfied; and
determining, as the direction of moving of the print head in the L-th ejection process, an opposite direction to moving of the print head in an (L?1)-th ejection process in a case where it is determined that at least one of the first color condition and the second color condition is not satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,363,734

METHOD FOR MAKING LITHOGRAPHIC PRINTING PLATES

EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY, R...

1. A method for providing a lithographic printing plate, comprising the steps in the order of:A) providing an on-press developable, negative-working lithographic printing plate precursor comprising a substrate and a negative-working, infrared radiation-sensitive imagable layer;
B) imagewise exposing the on-press developable, negative-working lithographic printing plate precursor to infrared radiation to form an imaged lithographic printing plate precursor having infrared radiation exposed and infrared radiation non-exposed regions in an imaged surface of the negative-working, infrared radiation-sensitive imagable layer;
C) without any prior wet processing, mounting the imaged lithographic printing plate precursor onto a lithographic printing press comprising:
a plate cylinder for holding the imaged lithographic printing plate precursor,
an inking system capable of supplying a lithographic printing ink to the imaged surface,
a dampening system capable of supplying a fountain solution to the imaged surface,
a blanket cylinder capable of transferring the lithographic printing ink from the imaged lithographic printing plate precursor,
an impression cylinder capable of pressing one or more printing papers onto the blanket cylinder, and thus transferring the lithographic printing ink from the blanket cylinder onto the one or more printing papers, and
a printing paper feeding system for supplying the one or more printing papers to the impression cylinder;
D) engaging the dampening system;
E) causing not more than 20 revolutions of the plate cylinder;
F) engaging the inking system;
G) causing not more than 20 revolutions of the plate cylinder;
H) feeding printing papers for at least 1 and up to and including 30 revolutions of the plate cylinder until the imaged lithographic printing plate precursor is fully developed to become a functioning lithographic printing plate having ink-accepting image regions substantially corresponding to the infrared radiation exposed regions and non-ink-accepting hydrophilic non-image regions substantially corresponding to the infrared radiation non-exposed regions; and
I) operating the lithographic printing press beyond the revolutions of the plate cylinder required for completing step E) to produce a desired number of lithographically printed papers,
wherein the lithographic printing plate precursor comprises:
(i) a substrate having a planar surface, and
(ii) a negative-working, infrared radiation-sensitive imagable layer disposed over the planar surface of the substrate,
wherein the (i) substrate comprises:
an aluminum-containing plate having a grained and etched planar surface;
an inner aluminum oxide layer disposed on the grained and etched planar surface, the inner aluminum oxide layer having an average dry thickness (Ti) of at least 650 nm and up to and including 3,000 nm; and comprising a multiplicity of inner micropores having an average inner micropore diameter (Di) of less than 15 nm;
an outer aluminum oxide layer disposed on the inner aluminum oxide layer, the outer aluminum oxide layer: comprising a multiplicity of outer micropores having an average outer micropore diameter (Do) of at least 15 nm and up to and including 30 nm; having an average dry thickness (To) of at least 130 nm and up to and including 650 nm; and having a micropore density (Co) of at least 500 micropores/?m2 and up to and including 3,000 micropores/?m2, wherein the ratio of the average outer micropore diameter (Do) to the average inner micropore diameter (Di) is greater than 1.1:1, and the average outer micropore diameter (Do) in nanometers and the micropore density (Co) in micropores/?m2, are further constrained by the porosity (Po) of the outer aluminum oxide layer according to the following equation:
0.3?Po?0.8wherein Po is 3.14(Co)(Do2)/4,000,000; andoptionally, a hydrophilic coating comprising one or more hydrophilic polymers, which hydrophilic coating is disposed on the outer aluminum oxide layer at a dry coverage of at least 0.0002 g/m2 and up to and including 0.1 g/m2.

US Pat. No. 10,363,732

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING SLICE FILES FROM NATIVE CAD GEOMETRIES

1. A computer-implemented method for improving the production of an object by an additive manufacturing machine, the computer implemented method comprising:performing with an electronic processing element the actions of—
receiving a computer-aided design model having a native and/or neutral format,
determining a desired resolution for each of one or more dimensions,
slicing the computer-aided design model by determining an intersection of a build-slice plane with the computer-aided design model to create one or more computer-aided design slice files having a slice format,
evaluating the one or more computer-aided design slice files to determine whether the desired resolution has been achieved,
if the desired resolution has been achieved, sending the one or more computer-aided design slice files to the additive manufacturing machine for use in producing the object, and
if the desired resolution has not been achieved, determining a new desired resolution and re-slicing the computer-aided design model; and
producing the object with the additive manufacturing machine using the one or more computer-aided design slice files received from the electronic processing element.

US Pat. No. 10,363,731

EJECTOR DEVICE

Palo Alto Research Center...

1. An ejector device for ejecting droplets of viscous fluids, comprising:one or more ejectors comprising an ejector layer that spans a hollow area, the ejector layer having a first surface and an opposing second surface arranged to receive a viscous material with viscosity between 20 and 50,000 centipoise, the ejector layer comprising a radiation absorber material configured to thermally expand without phase transition in response to heating by activation radiation transmitted to the first surface, the ejector layer comprises multiple layers including a first layer having a first coefficient of thermal expansion, CTE1, and a second layer having a second coefficient of thermal expansion, CTE2, wherein CTE2>CTE1, wherein thermal expansion of the ejector layer causes displacement of the ejector layer and ejection of the material from the second surface of the ejector layer.

US Pat. No. 10,363,730

SELECTIVELY ACTIVATED MESH DISCHARGE POWDER RECOATER FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING

The ExOne Company, North...

13. A method of recoating comprising the steps of:a) providing a powder-layer three-dimensional printer comprising a recoater, the recoater comprising a mesh discharge device having a planar mesh and an agitator, the mesh being adapted to support a quantity of powder when the quantity of powder and the mesh are static and to dispense at least a portion of the quantity of powder when at least one of the quantity of powder and the mesh is agitated by the agitator and wherein the agitator is not physically attached to another part of the recoater;
b) positioning at least part of the mesh over at least part of a powder bed;
c) functionally connecting the agitator to the mesh and discharging from the mesh a predetermined amount of powder upon the powder bed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,729

COLORING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTED OBJECTS

Stratasys Ltd., Rehovot ...

1. A method of printing a three-dimensional (3D) color object using materials having at least some transparency, layer-by-layer, the method comprising:obtaining a 3D CAD file defining a 3D geometry and a color texture for said color object;
dividing said 3D geometry into a core and a color shell;
dividing said color shell into volumetric regions;
based on a look up table (LUT), assigning each of said regions with an arrangement of voxels in a color stack that results in an optimal reproduction of the requested color;
based on said 3D geometry, determining conflicting instances in which the color stack of one region interferes with a color stack of another region;
in case of conflict between color stacks, applying a color
correction; and
printing said 3D color object.

US Pat. No. 10,363,728

METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION OF LABELS, AND MULTI-LAYER COMPOSITE

1. A method for producing labels, wherein each label has a plurality of sheets adhesively connected with one another in respective first surface area regions of respective basic label surface areas of the labels and lie on one another in respective second surface area regions of the respective basic label surface areas, wherein the method comprises the following:step a) imprinting of a carrier web, comprising printing an anti-adhesion layer onto the carrier web in a frame region provided for a waste matrix, wherein the frame region surrounds the basic label surface areas, and in the first surface area regions of the basic label surface areas,
step b) application of a number of material webs to the carrier web and/or one on top of another, as well as imprinting this number of material webs,
wherein the number of material webs serves for production of a number of lowermost sheets of each label and comprises either a single material web or a plurality of material webs,
wherein each material web of the number of material webs is first applied individually and then imprinted, and
wherein an anti-adhesion layer is imprinted onto a last material web of the number of material webs in third surface area regions, which are disposed between the first surface area regions and the frame region and/or between the second surface area regions and the frame region,
step c) implementation of a punch or other severing of a material web of this number of material webs between the third surface area regions and the first and/or second surface area regions, and
step d) completion of each label by application and imprinting an outermost material web intended as an outermost sheet of the labels, and by carrying out a frame punch or other severing of all the material webs,
wherein in step d), the frame punch is carried out in such a manner that a waste matrix can be severed and/or is severed from the first , second and/or third surface area regions, and that a laterally projecting section of the outermost sheet of the respective label is formed in the third surface area regions, in each instance, wherein the laterally projecting section projects laterally beyond the number of lowermost sheets of the respective label.

US Pat. No. 10,363,727

THERMALLY-BONDED MULTILAYER PADS FORMED FROM WIDE WEBS

1. An in-line method for manufacturing a plurality of multilayer pads, comprising the steps of:providing a web of fusible base-pad-forming material;
providing a web of fusible intermediate barrier-layer-forming material;
providing a web of fusible handle-forming material;
at a first bonding station, fusing a portion of the base-pad-forming material to the barrier-layer-forming material to form a base layer and intermediate layer precursor;
at a second bonding station, fusing the handle-forming material to the base layer and intermediate layer precursor, while leaving at least one portion of the handle-forming material free with reference to a pad to be formed to form an uncut pad precursor web; and
cutting through the pad precursor web to form a multilayer pad.

US Pat. No. 10,363,726

SEPTUMIZATION OF HONEYCOMB SANDWICHES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A device for septumizing a core of honeycomb cells, comprising:a perforated sheet including a plurality of septums respectively adapted to be inserted into the honeycomb cells, wherein at least a portion of the plurality of septums comprises an array of septums; and
a nested septum within in at least one septum in the array of septums, such that the nested septum comprises perforated sides that angle, relative to sound waves that propagate into the core from the perforations in an inner facesheet, such that every side of each septum joins at a tip of each septum.

US Pat. No. 10,363,725

CARD SUBSTRATE WARPAGE REDUCTION

ASSA ABLOY AB, Stockholm...

1. A transfer lamination process using a transfer lamination device, which includes a transfer unit, a substrate rotator, and a transfer ribbon that includes a carrier layer and a transfer layer attached to the carrier layer, the transfer lamination process comprising:transferring a transfer section of the transfer layer from the carrier layer to a first surface of a substrate using the transfer unit including:
heating the transfer section and pressing the transfer section against the first surface of the substrate using the transfer unit; and
detaching the carrier layer from the transfer section;
inverting the substrate using the substrate rotator; and
heating at least a portion of a second surface of the substrate that is opposite the first surface using the transfer unit without transferring the transfer layer to the portion of the second surface;
wherein:
the transfer unit includes a heated transfer roller; and
heating the portion of the second surface of the substrate comprises heating the portion of the second surface of the substrate using the heated transfer roller.

US Pat. No. 10,363,723

FUNCTIONAL PACKAGING MATERIAL FOR MAINTAINING FRESHNESS HAVING IMPROVED ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME

HANGREENTECH CO., LTD., ...

1. A food packaging material comprising:a first film comprising synthetic resin, calcium carbonate powder coated with zinc oxide, boehmite powder coated with titanium dioxide, and hydroxyapatite powder coated with iron;
a second film laminated on the first film and comprising powdery particles that contain synthetic resin, loess, elvan, kaolin, zeolite, feldspar, black mica, jade, selenium and charcoal; and
a third film laminated on the second film and made of synthetic resin,
wherein the first film has a higher porosity than that of the second film, and the second film has a higher porosity than that of the third film.

US Pat. No. 10,363,720

LAMINATED GLASS AND METHOD OF MOUNTING LAMINATED GLASS

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD...

1. A laminated glass comprising a first laminated glass member, a second laminated glass member and an interlayer film arranged between the first laminated glass member and the second laminated glass member,the interlayer film being provided with an infrared ray reflection layer which reflects infrared rays, a first resin layer which is arranged on a first surface side of the infrared ray reflection layer and contains a polyvinyl acetal resin, a plasticizer, an ultraviolet ray shielding agent and an oxidation inhibitor, and a second resin layer which is arranged on a second surface side opposite to the first surface of the infrared ray reflection layer and contains a polyvinyl acetal resin, a plasticizer, an ultraviolet ray shielding agent, an oxidation inhibitor and heat shielding compounds,
the first layer further containing one or more heat shielding compounds or not containing a heat shielding compound,
the heat shielding compounds of the second resin layer comprising metal oxide particles and at least one of a phthalocyanine compound, a naphthalocyanine compound, and an anthracyanine compound,
the content in % by weight of the one or more heat shielding compounds in the first resin layer is smaller than the content in % by weight of the heat shielding compounds in the second resin layer by 005% by weight or more,
the content of the oxidation inhibitor in 100% by weight of the first resin layer being 0.1% by weight or more and 2% by weight or less and the content of the oxidation inhibitor in 100% by weight of the second resin layer being 0.1% by weight or more and 2% by weight or less,
the content of the metal oxide particles in 100% by weight of the second resin layer being 0.1% by weight or more and 6% by weight or less,
the first laminated glass member being arranged on the outside of the first resin layer in the interlayer film, the second laminated glass member being arranged on the outside of the second resin layer in the interlayer film, and the infrared ray transmittance in the wavelength of 780 to 2100 nm of the whole layer composed of the first laminated glass member and the first resin layer being higher than the infrared ray transmittance in the wavelength of 780 to 2100 nm of the whole layer composed of the second laminated glass member and the second resin layer.

US Pat. No. 10,363,718

ADHESIVE SHEET AND ADHESIVE SHEET PRODUCTION METHOD

LINTEC CORPORATION, Itab...

1. A pressure sensitive adhesive sheet, comprising:a supporting substrate;
a pressure sensitive adhesive layer (X) formed on the supporting substrate;
a continuous void-containing layer formed on the pressure sensitive adhesive layer (X) and including a composition comprising: fine particles which are not silica particles; and a pressure sensitive adhesive; and
a pressure sensitive adhesive layer (Y) formed on the continuous void-containing layer,
wherein a median diameter of the fine particles is from 0.001 to 100 ?m,
voids present among the fine particles form continuous voids included in the continuous void-containing layer, and
the continuous void-containing layer has a mass concentration of the fine particles of from 45 to 100%,
wherein the pressure sensitive adhesive in the continuous void-containing layer is at least one selected from the group consisting of a rubber pressure sensitive adhesive, a silicone pressure sensitive adhesive, and an acrylic pressure sensitive adhesive.

US Pat. No. 10,363,717

METHODS, APPARATUS AND SYSTEMS FOR ESTABLISHING A REGISTERED SCORE, SLIT OR SLOT IN A CORRUGATED BOARD, AND ARTICLES PRODUCED THERE FROM

Scorrboard LLC, Renton, ...

1. A method for creating a registered modification in corrugated board, the method comprising:ascertaining locations of first and second features of a fluted medium in the corrugated board, the fluted medium having a plurality of flutes, each flute having a flute peak, a flute axis, and a flute pitch, wherein the first feature comprises a flute feature on a first one of the plurality of flutes and the second feature comprises a flute feature on a second one of the plurality of flutes;
determining a distance from the first and second features in a direction orthogonal to the flute axis for establishing a location of a first registered modification; and
creating the first registered modification at the established location without penetrating the corrugated board;
determining a distance from the first registered modification in the direction orthogonal to the flute axis for establishing a second location of a second registered modification; and
creating the second registered modification at the second established location without penetrating the corrugated board;
wherein the flute pitch is used to establish the second established location in combination with the location of the first registered modification.

US Pat. No. 10,363,716

SHREDDING AND BALING APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A shredding and baling apparatus comprising:a shredding assembly comprising:
an intake hopper for receiving material to be shredded, said intake hopper having an open bottom portion for allowing shredded material to freely pass therethrough;
a shredding mechanism comprising a cutting drum rotatable along a rotational axis and oriented along a horizontal axis, the cutting drum being positioned in a central portion of said intake hopper and capable of free rotation through said open bottom portion thereof;
a plurality of cutting teeth arranged spirally and carried on an outer portion of said cutting drum;
a means for conveying operatively connected to and disposed below said shredding mechanism, the front of said means for conveying being aligned with the front of said shredding mechanism, whereby shredded material is gravity fed from said shredding mechanism onto said means for conveying;
said means for conveying being operatively connected to and terminating above a baling assembly such that shredded material may be carried to and gravity fed into said baling assembly, said baling assembly comprising:
a housing having a fixed member and a pivoting door member, said housing defining a baling cavity on an inside portion thereof;
a series of rotatable rollers positioned within said housing, and wherein a first set of said rollers are rotatably attached within said fixed member of said housing, and a second set of said rollers are rotatably attached within said pivoting door member of said housing;
a series of belts disposed about said rollers, so that said belts may rotate about said rollers;
a drive mechanism attached to said housing and operatively connected to at least one of said rollers, wherein said drive mechanism rotates said at least one roller that is operatively connected thereto;
a baler hopper attached to an upper portion of said housing for receiving shredded material, wherein said baling material is fed through said baler hopper into said shredded chamber;
a wrap feeder disposed on an outer portion of said housing, said wrap feeder being used to feed a wrap material to said baling cavity to wrap around a bale of baling material after said bale has been formed therein;
a power unit for powering said shredding assembly, said baling assembly, and said means for conveying, said power unit comprising;
at least one hydraulic motor operative connected to at least one hydraulic pump and at least one hydraulic line, said at least one hydraulic line operatively connecting each of said shredding assembly, said baling assembly, and said means for conveying; and
a computer operationally connected to said power unit for automating and controlling said apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,363,715

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MAKING RETREADED TIRES

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A method of forming a retreaded tire comprising:providing a tread having a top side configured to engage a ground surface during tire operation and a bottom side configured to attach to an annular tire carcass configured for receiving the tread, the tread including a recessed groove recessed below the top side of the tread;
arranging the tread around an outer circumference of the tire carcass in a desired position to form an assembled retreaded tire;
arranging a removable circumferential band around the assembled retreaded tire positioned overtop the recessed groove and the top side of the tread where the circumferential band has an axial width less than a lateral width of the top side of the tread, where the circumferential band is separated from the recessed groove by a thickness of tread material between the recessed groove and the top side of the tread, and whereby the circumferential band provides an additional thickness of material above the recessed groove, where the circumferential band is substantially formed of an elastomeric material having an unstretched circumference smaller than the circumference of the assembled retreaded tire that is expanded prior to and for arrangement around the retreaded tire;
placing a curing membrane around an outer circumference of the tread, an outer circumference of the circumferential band, and at least a portion of the tire carcass; and,
curing the retreaded tire with the circumferential band arranged between the tread and the curing membrane, where the recessed groove is a void arranged along the bottom side of the tread and a shape of the void after the step of curing the retreaded tire is substantially the same as before the step of curing the retreaded tire.

US Pat. No. 10,363,714

METHOD, PROCESS AND PLANT FOR CONTROLLING THE MANUFACTURE OF TYRES FOR VEHICLE WHEELS

PIRELLI TYRE S.p.A., Mil...

1. A method for controlling building of a tyre for vehicle wheels, comprising:building a carcass structure on a forming drum; and
assembling the carcass structure to a crown structure, wherein building of the carcass structure comprises:
building one intermediate portion of the carcass structure at a time on a respective forming drum by moving the forming drum in opposite rectilinear directions of movement along a shuttle guide within an intermediate forming line;
making available the forming drum with the intermediate portion of the carcass structure at a first transfer location;
completing the intermediate portion of the carcass structure by moving the respective forming drum between the first transfer location, n completion locations with n?1, and a second transfer location in which the carcass structure is made available for subsequent assembling with the crown structure by unloading from the respective forming drum and by transferring the forming drum to each completion location and the second transfer location, wherein a first shuttle and a second shuttle carry the forming drum to the first transfer location and second transfer location, respectively, in cantilevered fashion by holding a terminal end of a central shaft of the forming drum;
transferring the forming drum clear of any carcass structure from the second transfer location to the first transfer location, and
building a subsequent intermediate portion of a subsequent carcass structure of a different tyre on the forming drum having been transferred from the second transfer location to the first transfer location,
wherein at an operating moment at which the first transfer location is occupied by a forming drum coming from the intermediate forming line or intended for the intermediate forming line, there are one to n locations selected from the n completion locations and the second transfer location that are occupied by respective forming drums.

US Pat. No. 10,363,712

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING POLARIZING PLASTIC LENS

EHS LENS PHILIPPINES, INC...

1. A method of manufacturing a polarizing plastic lens, which comprises:subjecting a polarizing film to curved surface processing to impart a convex surface shape to a first side of the polarization film and a concave surface shape to the side of the polarization film that is opposite to the first side of the polarization film;
a reversing step of reversing the convex surface shape into a concave surface shape by pressing the polarizing film that has been curved surface processed;
a casting mold assembling step of assembling a casting mold having a cavity within which the reversed polarizing film is positioned with the reversed polarizing film, an upper mold, a lower mold, and a sealing member that maintains a spacing between the upper mold and the lower mold; and
forming a polarizing plastic lens comprising the polarizing film positioned within a plastic lens substrate, the polarizing plastic lens being prepared via a single molding operation that includes polymerizing and curing a curable composition that has been cast into the cavity to provide the plastic lens substrate within which the polarizing film is positioned, wherein
the plastic lens substrate of the polarizing plastic lens is not formed prior to the polymerization and curing of the curable composition that has been cast into the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,363,711

METHOD OF MAKING CONTACT LENSES

CooperVision Internationa...

1. A method of making a contact lens, the method comprising:(i) providing a first master mould for producing a first mould half and a second master mould for producing a second mould half;
(ii) producing at least one precursor mould comprising the first mould half and the second mould half, wherein the first mould half is for providing a first lens surface having at least one optical feature and the second mould half is for providing a second lens surface which requires lathing to provide at least one added optical feature;
(iii) producing a moulded precursor contact lens in each of the at least one precursor mould, wherein the step of producing the lens results in at least one identifiable undesirable attribute;
(iv) identifying the at least one undesirable attribute on the moulded precursor contact lens;
(v) determining the extent of the at least one undesirable attribute;
(vi) providing at least one lens producing mould formed from the first master mould and second master mould, each lens producing mould having a first mould half and a second mould half, wherein the first mould half is for providing a first lens surface having at least one optical feature and the second mould half is for providing a second lens surface which requires lathing to provide at least one added optical feature;
(vii) producing the contact lens in at least one lens producing mould;
(viii) removing the second mould half, whereby the contact lens remains positioned on the first mould half; and
(ix) lathing the second lens surface using a lathe tool, wherein the path of the lathe tool is controlled by a computer programme, and wherein the computer programme adjusts the path to compensate for the undesirable attribute of the moulded precursor contact lens identified in step (iv),
wherein the at least one undesirable attribute comprises an eccentricity of the precursor test contact lens from the centre of the of the mould half, and the eccentricity is characterized by defining an angle and magnitude of offset.

US Pat. No. 10,363,709

COMPOSITE LAYUP TOOLS FOR AIRCRAFT FUSELAGE BARRELS, METHODS OF ASSEMBLING THE LAYUP TOOLS, AND AIRCRAFT FUSELAGE BARREL SECTIONS FORMED UTILIZING THE LAYUP TOOLS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of forming a fuselage barrel assembly of an aircraft, the method comprising:providing a first fuselage barrel section that includes a first joint portion, wherein the first joint portion has a first interior joint surface that has a first inner circumferential length;
providing a second fuselage barrel section that includes a second joint portion, wherein the second joint portion has a second interior joint surface that has a second inner circumferential length;
providing a splice ring that has a splice ring outer surface that has a splice ring outer circumferential length;
operatively aligning the first fuselage barrel section and the second fuselage barrel section such that the first joint portion faces toward the second joint portion;
locating the splice ring within both the first joint portion and the second joint portion while translating the first fuselage barrel section and the second fuselage barrel section toward one another; and
operatively attaching the first fuselage barrel section and the second fuselage barrel section to the splice ring, wherein the operatively attaching includes:
(i) initially operatively attaching the first fuselage barrel section and the second fuselage barrel section at a pair of initial attachment points that is proximate a bottom center line reference direction of the fuselage barrel assembly; and
(ii) subsequently operatively attaching the first fuselage barrel section and the second fuselage barrel section at a plurality of pairs of subsequent attachment points by operatively attaching at a given pair of subsequent attachment points on a given side of the pair of initial attachment points and at a corresponding pair of subsequent attachment points on an opposite side of the pair of initial attachment points prior to attaching at another pair of subsequent attachments points that is farther from the pair of initial attachment points than the given pair of subsequent attachment points.

US Pat. No. 10,363,707

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IN-LINE CONTROLLING THE ULTRASONIC WELDING OF PLASTIC COMPONENTS OF AN ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

1. A system (1) for in-line controlling the ultrasonic welding of plastic components (F, S, B) of an electronic cigarette, said plastic components (F, S, B) being welded one to the other at a welding zone (Z) so as to define a welded group (G); the plastic components (F, S, B) being conformed in such a way that the welded group (G) comprises an air passage duct (P) having a first open end (E1) and a second open end (E2);the system (1) being characterized in that it comprises:
a chamber (2) for receiving the welded group (G);
closure means (3), for closing the first open end (E1) of the air passage duct (P) of the welded group (G);
air supplying means (6) for supplying air into the chamber (2) determining the introduction of air in the air passage duct (P) through its second open end (E2);
air exiting means (4, 40), arranged for connecting the welding zone (Z) with the outside of the chamber (2), allowing the possible exit of air outside the chamber (2);
continuous pressure control and adjustment means (5), arranged between the air supplying means (6) and the second open end (E2) of the air passage duct (P) for continuously controlling and regulating the air pressure that enters in the air passage duct (P), in order to keep a fixed air pressure;
an air passage nozzle (7) having a determined cross section, interposed between the continuous pressure control and adjustment means (5) and the second open end (E2) of the air passage duct (P), through which the air passes; and
a pressure sensor (8), connected to the chamber (2), for detecting an air back pressure generated in the chamber (2) after the introduction of air into the air passage duct (P).

US Pat. No. 10,363,706

THREE DIMENSIONAL PRINTING METHOD AND APPARATUS USING THE SAME

XYZprinting, Inc., New T...

1. A three dimensional printing method comprising:generating a two-dimensional layer information related with a plurality of layer objects of a three-dimensional object according to a three-dimensional model information, wherein the three-dimensional object includes a main body, and a space for combining the main body of the three-dimensional object with another object is defined by the shape of the main body;
analyzing the two-dimensional layer information to identify a forming region and an object embedded region within each of the layer objects, wherein the forming regions constitute the main body of the three-dimensional object and the object embedded regions constitute the space for combining the main body of the three-dimensional object with the another object;
selecting at least one section of the three-dimensional object as a separation plane which is overlapping with a portion of the space for combining the main body of the three-dimensional object with the another object; and
printing the layer objects, layer by layer, with a forming material and a supporting material, to coat the forming material onto the forming region without overlapping with the separation plane, and coat the supporting material onto the forming region overlapping with the separation plane and the object embedded region, wherein the supporting material is removable from the three-dimensional object.

US Pat. No. 10,363,705

DETERMINING A PRINTING ANOMALY RELATED TO A 3D PRINTED OBJECT

Capital One Services, LLC...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing instructions, the instructions comprising:one or more instructions that, when executed by one or more processors of a device, cause the one or more processors to:
obtain measurement data concerning a three-dimensional (3D) printed object,
wherein the 3D printed object has a plurality of physical elements that comprise a plurality of different physical attributes,
wherein the plurality of physical elements and the plurality of different physical attributes are designed to exhibit one or more printing capabilities of a 3D printer that printed the 3D printed object;
process the measurement data to determine one or more printing anomalies relating to one or more physical elements, of the plurality of physical elements, and one or more physical attributes of the plurality of different physical attributes;
generate a set of instructions to permit the 3D printer to be adjusted to address the one or more printing anomalies,
the set of instructions including an instruction to check one or more physical components of the 3D printer,
the one or more physical components of the 3D printer including at least one of:
 a motor,
 a gear,
 a filament,
 a spool,
 a band,
 a print head,
 an extruder,
 a fan,
 a heating element, or
 a nozzle; and
cause an action to be performed based on generating the set of instructions,
the action including at least one of:
perform a calibration action concerning the one or more physical components,
perform a correction action concerning the one or more physical components, or
perform a reset action concerning the one or more physical components.

US Pat. No. 10,363,704

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING TOOL PATHS IN THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING

AREVO, INC., Milpitas, C...

1. A method for generating printing instructions for printing a three-dimensional (3D) object, comprising:(a) receiving a computer model of said 3D object in computer memory;
(b) generating a parametric representation of said computer model of said 3D object;
(c) selecting a first edge in a parametric representation of a curved surface of said computer model;
(d) generating a 3D tool path at least in part by:
(i) selecting a first set of points on said first edge; and
(ii) computing coordinates of a second set of points on a second edge parallel to said first edge in said parametric representation, wherein said first edge and said second edge define said 3D tool path; and
(e) generating said printing instructions for printing at least a portion of said 3D object along said 3D tool path generated in (d).

US Pat. No. 10,363,703

RADIAL LATTICE STRUCTURES FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Within Technologies Ltd.,...

1. A physical object created by additive manufacturing, the physical object comprising:multiple beams connected with each other at junction points to form a lattice of the physical object;
wherein the beams of the lattice correspond to a duplicated three dimensional (3D) structure;
wherein the 3D structure has (i) first sets of junction points at a first location along an axis for the 3D structure, and (ii) second sets of junction points at a second location, which is different from the first location, along the axis for the 3D structure; and
wherein, when projected into a two dimensional (2D) plane normal to the axis, the first sets of junction points alternate with the second sets of junction points at successive radii positions away from the axis in the 2D plane normal to the axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,702

THREE DIMENSIONAL PRINTING APPARATUS

XYZprinting, Inc., New T...

1. A three dimensional printing apparatus, comprising:a tank;
an injecting module, disposed at the tank to inject a liquid forming material into the tank;
a leveling module, movably disposed in the tank;
a curing module, disposed above the tank; and
a control module, electrically connected to the injecting module, the leveling module, and the curing module, wherein the leveling module is controlled by the control module to be moved in the tank, so as to level a surface of the liquid forming material in the tank, and the curing module is controlled by the control module to cure the leveled liquid forming material to form a solidification layer on an inner bottom of the tank,
wherein the surface of the liquid forming material gradually rises relative to the inner bottom of the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,363,701

METHOD FOR PRODUCING INORGANIC SUBSTANCE POWDER HIGHLY-ORIENTED THIN FILM SHEET

TBM CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A thin film sheet for printing that consists of a thermoplastic resin and inorganic substance powder and at least one optional auxiliary agent selected from the group consisting of a lubricant, a fluidity improving agent, a dispersant, an antioxidant, a UV absorbing agent, and a stabilizer,wherein the thermoplastic resin is high density polyethylene,
wherein a weight ratio of the thermoplastic resin to the inorganic substance powder is 18:82 to 40:60, the inorganic substance powder has an average particle size of 0.5 to 15 ?m and is free of particles with a particle size of at least 50 ?m,
wherein the film sheet has an apparent specific gravity of 0.55 to 1.40,
wherein the high density polyethylene has a melt mass flow rate of 0.02 to 1.2 g/10 min, and
wherein the inorganic substance powder is at least one selected from the group consisting of calcium carbonate, clay, silica, titanium oxide, talc, kaolin and aluminum hydroxide.

US Pat. No. 10,363,698

MACHINE FOR FORMING AND FILLING CONTAINERS COMPRISING A FIRST CLOSED LOOP AND A SECOND CLOSED LOOP HAVING A COMMON PART

1. A machine for forming and filling successive containers from a preform with liquid as the forming medium, the machine comprising a plurality of forming stations, each forming station having a main station and an elementary station which are coupled together to form the forming station, wherein the machine includes a series of elementary stations moving along a first closed loop and a series of main stations moving along a second closed loop, the first closed loop and the second closed loop having at least one common part wherein the main stations are coupled with the elementary stations and at least a distinct part wherein the main stations are separated from the elementary stations.

US Pat. No. 10,363,696

PROCESS FOR PRODUCTION OF EMBOSSED FILMS BASED ON PLASTICIZED POLYVINYL ACETAL

Kuraray Europe GmbH, Hat...

1. A process for embossing a film comprising plasticized polyvinyl acetal to provide a non-stochastic roughness Rz of 20 to 100 ?m on at least one surface, comprising:a. extruding a plasticised polyvinyl acetal to a film with a stochastic roughness of at least one surface of Rz =1 to 70 ?m,
b. embossing the at least one surface of the film obtained in step a) with channels having a depth of 5-50 ?m, a width of 10-200 ?m and a pitch of 50-2500 ?m, having elevations between the channels, wherein the stochastic roughness of the surface of the elevations between the channels is at most 20% lower than the stochastic roughness of the film obtained in step a).

US Pat. No. 10,363,695

MOLD MOVEMENT CONTROL MECHANISM AND MOLD HAVING THE SAME

SHEN YUAN PRECISION MOLD ...

1. A mold movement control mechanism comprising:a base module;
an engaging member;
an abutting portion;
a coupling member;
a pushing portion;
a first moving member;
a second moving member; and
a third moving member;
the base module is configured to assemble the engaging member, the abutting portion, the coupling member, the pushing portion, the first moving member, the second moving member, and the third moving member;
the engaging member is configured to move relative to the base module along a travel direction from a first engaging position to a moved engaging position via an engaging member travel, the engaging member is configured to rotate about an engaging axis between an engagement position and a release position when the engaging member is located at the moved engaging position, the engaging member is configured to be restricted at the engagement position by the base module when the engaging member is at the first engaging position and during the engaging member travel;
the abutting portion is configured to move relative to the base module along the travel direction, the abutting portion and the engaging member are configured to engage with each other when the engaging member is at the engagement position in a manner that the abutting portion and the engaging member are moved simultaneously during the engaging member travel, the abutting portion and the engaging member are configured to disengage when the engaging member is located at the release position;
the first moving member is configured to move relative to the base module along the travel direction;
the second moving member is configured to move relative to the base module along the travel direction;
the third moving member is configured to move relative to the base module along the travel direction;
the coupling member and the pushing portion are configured to engage with each other; and
wherein the engaging member is rotatably disposed on one of the first moving member and the second moving member, the abutting portion is disposed on the other one of the first moving member and the second moving member, the coupling member is rotatably disposed on the third moving member, and the pushing portion is disposed on the second moving member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,693

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A PLUG FOR A CONTAINER NECK

Novembal USA Inc., Ediso...

1. A method for manufacturing a plug for a container neck, comprising:molding a skirt of the plug,
wherein the skirt has a tubular shape, defining a central axis and adapted to surround the container neck,
wherein the skirt extends, along the central axis, between a first end adapted to receive an obturating device adapted to obturate the container neck and a second end opposite to the first end, and
wherein the skirt is provided with an attachment device adapted to removably attach to the container neck and with a retention strip adapted for permanent retention around the container neck, the retention strip adapted to pass, by folding, from a molding configuration, in which the retention strip extends, from the skirt, in a direction opposite to the first end of the skirt, to an operating configuration, in which the retention strip extends from the skirt, to the first end of the skirt and is adapted to axially abut against an associated bulge of the container neck during a first opening of the plug;
cutting in the skirt a peripheral break line adapted to be broken during the first opening of the plug, wherein the line, before the first opening of the plug, connects, along the central axis, a removable portion of the skirt, including the first end of the skirt and the attachment device, and a non-removable portion of the skirt, including the second end of the skirt and the retention strip; and
folding the retention strip towards the first end of the skirt until the retention strip passes into the operating configuration,
wherein cutting the peripheral break line further comprises prefolding the retention strip, wherein the prefolding causes the retention strip to pass from the molding configuration to a prefolded configuration which is in between the molding and operating configurations, and
wherein folding the retention strip further comprises folding the strip from the prefolded configuration to the operating configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,363,692

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID SUPPLY MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A manufacturing method for molding a liquid supply member by using a first mold and a second mold which are capable of being opened and closed relative to each other and in which the first mold is capable of being slid relatively to the second mold, the method comprising:a first molding step of performing injection molding to form a first component part of the liquid supply member and a second component part of the liquid supply member other than the first component part at different positions from each other, with the first and the second molds closed relative to each other;
a step of relatively moving the first mold and the second mold in a first direction to open the mold;
a step of retracting the second component part in a second direction;
a step of sliding the first mold with respect to the second mold in a third direction;
an abutting step of sliding the second component part in a fourth direction, which is opposite to the second direction, and bringing the second component part and the first component part into contact with each other; and
a second molding step of performing injection molding to join the first component part and the second component part with the first and the second molds closed relative to each other,
wherein the first direction, the second direction, and the third direction are orthogonal to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,363,691

METALLIC RESIN MOLDING OF ANNULAR COMPONENTS WITHOUT VISIBLE KNIT LINE

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A method of orienting metallic resin flakes at a Class A surface of a knit line of an annular component comprising:heating a core mold component defining a lower surface of an injection mold set corresponding to a lower surface of the annular component to a base temperature;
heating a cavity mold component defining an upper surface of the injection mold set corresponding to the Class A surface of the annular component to a higher temperature than the base temperature;
causing faces of two streams of metallic resin, including the metallic resin flakes, injected into the injection mold set to come together at the knit line;
causing metallic resin flakes to flow into an inboard overflow cavity through an inboard gate positioned adjacent the knit line;
causing metallic resin flakes to flow into an outboard overflow cavity through an outboard gate positioned adjacent the knit line;
wherein the causing metallic resin flakes to flow into the inboard overflow cavity and into the outboard overflow cavity comprises causing unoriented flakes to be replaced by oriented flakes at the Class A surface of the knit line;
wherein the higher temperature is between about 175 degrees Fahrenheit and about 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

US Pat. No. 10,363,690

METHOD FOR PREPARING A CHITOSAN-BASED POROUS LAYER

1. A method for preparing a chitosan-based porous layer which has been compressed, neutralized and washed, comprising the following steps:a) preparing a chitosan solution free of any other polymer, including a chitosan concentration ranging from 1.0% to 5% by weight, relative to a total weight of the solution and having a pH from 3 to 5,
b) pouring the chitosan solution into a mold in order to form a layer,
c) lyophilizing the layer obtained in b) to obtain a porous layer,
d) compressing the porous layer obtained in c) to obtain a compressed porous layer including a density of greater than or equal to 0.65 g/cm3,
e) neutralizing the compressed porous layer obtained in d) by using a NH4OH solution comprising a NH4OH concentration ranging from 0.6 to 2 mold to obtain a neutralized compressed porous layer, and,
f) subjecting the neutralized compressed porous layer obtained in e) to one or more washing steps.

US Pat. No. 10,363,689

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING FLUORESCENT SILICONE FILM

1. A method of manufacturing a fluorescent silicone film comprising of the following steps in the order named:A. mixing optical silicone and fluorescent powders so as to produce a mixture of the optical silicone and the fluorescent powders;
B. adding liquid to the mixture;
C. vacuuming and degassing the mixture with the liquid;
D. feeding the mixture with the liquid into an accommodation cavity of a mold;
E. placing the mold into a planetary centrifugal mixer so as to centrifuge the mixture with the liquid in the accommodation cavity of the mold;
F. forming a fluorescent silicone film in the accommodation cavity; and
G. solidifying and removing the fluorescent silicone film from the mold;
wherein in the step of A, the optical silicone and the fluorescent powders are mixed at a ratio of 100:10 to 100:25;
wherein in the step of C, the accommodation cavity is closed after feeding the mixture with the liquid; and wherein in the step of F, the fluorescent silicone film has a silicone layer and a fluorescent powder layer which are formed in the accommodation cavity in a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) manner.

US Pat. No. 10,363,688

DEVICE FOR FABRICATING ION EXCHANGE MEMBRANE AND METHOD OF FABRICATING THE ION EXCHANGE MEMBRANE

GWANGJU INSTITUTE OF SCIE...

1. A device for fabricating an ion exchange membrane, comprising:a substrate on which a polymer solution is placed;
a doctor blade which is arranged spaced apart from the substrate, and is in contact with the polymer solution to transfer the same to both ends of the substrate to perform a casting process; and
a function generator which is electrically connected to the substrate and the doctor blade to give an AC voltage and an AC frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,363,686

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MELTING AND DISPENSING THERMOPLASTIC MATERIAL

Nordson Corporation, Wes...

1. An apparatus for melting thermoplastic material, the apparatus comprising:a heated manifold defining:
an upper surface receiving particles of thermoplastic material from a hopper;
a plurality of cavities extending downward from the upper surface, each of the plurality of cavities having an inlet and an outlet, the inlets of the plurality of cavities being defined in the upper surface, and the plurality of cavities being spaced apart from one another;
a pump supply passage for receiving molten thermoplastic material from the outlets of the plurality of cavities and for supplying the molten thermoplastic material to a pump; and
a discharge passage for receiving pressurized molten thermoplastic material from the pump, the discharge passage being in fluid communication with a dispenser; and
at least one heating element disposed within the heated manifold, the at least one heating element transferring heat substantially throughout the heated manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,363,685

INGOT CUTTING APPARATUS, AND LOAD DETECTING DEVICE USED IN INGOT CUTTING APPARATUS

TEC GIHAN CO., LTD., Kyo...

1. An ingot cutting apparatus that cuts an ingot by pressing the ingot against a wire wound a plurality of turns around a pair of rollers, the apparatus comprising a measuring device that measures loads applied to the ingot or the amount of bending of the wire on a new wire side where new wire is supplied to the ingot and an old wire side where old wire is recovered, wherein the measuring device includes load sensors attached to a slicing table holding the ingot, and is a device that measures the moment of the ingot about an axis along the pressing direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,684

MONITORING DISCHARGE PRESSURE ON CONCRETE MIX LOAD

VERIFI LLC, Cambridge, M...

1. A method for determining rheology of concrete, comprising:in an automated concrete rheology monitoring system having a computer processing unit (CPU) connected electrically or wirelessly to a plurality of sensors configured for monitoring conditions on a concrete delivery vehicle having a mixing drum for concrete, including a sensor for monitoring discharge pressure on the mixing drum, performing the following steps:
monitoring discharge pressure of a concrete load discharged from the concrete mixing drum;
comparing the monitored peak discharge pressure of the discharged concrete load with CPU-accessible database wherein peak discharge pressure values correspond to concrete rheology values;
reporting a rheology value of the concrete discharged based on the peak discharge pressure as monitored; and
wherein said automated concrete rheology monitoring system further comprises CPU-accessible data comprising correlations involving concrete rheology values measured prior to discharge based on charge pressure and during discharge based on discharge pressure, and
wherein said CPU determines whether to update the correlation involving charge pressure and concrete rheology values if the concrete rheology values measured prior to discharge based on charge pressure and measured during discharge based on discharge pressure differ by more than a pre-determined amount.

US Pat. No. 10,363,683

DIGITAL DECORATING MACHINE FOR CERAMIC PRODUCTS

PROJECTA ENGINEERING S.R....

1. A digital decorating machine for ceramic products, comprising at least a conveyor, to transport the products to be decorated (P) along a feed direction (A), and a plurality of decoration modules, positioned over said conveyor and adjacent to each other along said feed direction (A), said modules comprising respective printing heads provided with nozzles for ejecting a fluid to be delivered on the surface of the products to be decorated (P), said conveyor comprising at least a movable member for supporting the products to be decorated (P), for translating them along said feed direction (A), wherein said conveyor comprises at least a supporting surface, located along a respective flank of said movable member, said supporting surface comprising a plurality of predetermined positioning zones for the removable engagement of respective coupling portions of said decoration modules,wherein each of said modules comprises a box, including said coupling portions, and housing all components required to operate the module, and
wherein said box is a sealed unit and it is associated with respective means for generating overpressure, to provide a pressurized and air-conditioned environment inside an inner volume of said box.

US Pat. No. 10,363,682

POWER TOOL

POWER BOX AG, Zug (CH)

1. A powered cutting apparatus,said apparatus comprising a base having a surface onto which a work piece to be cut can be placed, first and second spaced parallel slide members,
a fence having a surface for location of the work piece therewith and a cutting unit, said cutting unit including a rotatable blade, a guard for the rotatable blade, and drive means for rotating said blade when switched on, said cutting unit mounted on, and to one side of, the slide members such that the blade is spaced to one side of the same along a plane substantially parallel with the said surface of the base;
wherein the base includes first guide means including first and second slots extending from an edge of the base surface and running perpendicular to the cutting line of the rotatable blade, and provided for location of the said fence via first and second pins provided on the fence such that the said fence surface is positioned in a plane parallel with the longitudinal axis of said slides and movable perpendicular thereto, and
at least second guide means are provided, including a single slot extending from an edge of the base surface and running parallel to the cutting line of the rotatable blade, with which said fence is located via one of said first or second pins, with the other of the first or second pins at least partially retracted so as to allow the position of said fence to be angularly adjustable by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,363,681

ALIGNMENT TOOL

TSO PRODUCTS, LLC, Fort ...

1. An alignment tool for connection to a work component and for use in aligning the work component with a work piece, wherein the work component has at least a first reference surface that extends longitudinally in a first direction, the alignment tool comprising:a body having at least a first reference surface that extends longitudinally in the first direction and having at least one work piece guide surface that extends in a second direction that is perpendicular to the at least first reference surface;
the body further comprises a retention element spaced from the first reference surface of the body;
a clamp assembly connected to the body and extending in the second direction past the at least first reference surface of the body;
wherein when the alignment tool is to be connected to the work component, the clamp assembly is movable to engage the work component and to draw together and hold in abutting engagement the first reference surface of the alignment tool and the first reference surface of the work component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,680

SUPPORT REMOVAL TOOL FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURE

General Electric Company,...

1. A machine system comprising:a press machine having a press member controllably movable along a path adjacent a component surface of a laser-sintered component;
a cutting surface moveable by the press member along a cutting path and having a cutting surface shape complementary to a component surface shape of the component surface, the cutting surface having at least one cutting edge positioned to separate at least one laser-sintered support from the component surface as the cutting surface moves along the cutting path; and
at least one pin projecting forward from the cutting surface along the cutting path and aligned with an opening defined by the at least one laser-sintered support, whereby the at least one pin extends through the opening prior to the cutting surface separating the at least one laser-sintered support.

US Pat. No. 10,363,679

WATER BEARING AND FOOD CUTTING ASSEMBLY

Lamb Weston, Inc., Eagle...

1. A method comprising:receiving, at a housing for rotationally mounting a spindle body having a rotational axis, a supply of water, the housing including a first radial bearing proximate to a first thrust disc of the spindle body and a second radial bearing proximate to a second thrust disc of the spindle body, the first thrust disc including first opposing surfaces extending radially from the rotational axis of the spindle body and a first circumferential surface between the first opposing surfaces, and the second thrust disc including second opposing surfaces extending radially from the rotational axis of the spindle body and a second circumferential surface between the second opposing surfaces, and the spindle body having an interior passage extending along its rotational axis and a tube within the interior passage, around which the spindle body rotates;
directing the water through first fluid passages extending from a first port in the housing through the first radial bearing to the spindle body and across the first opposing surfaces and the first circumferential surface to the spindle body, and through second fluid passages extending from a second port in the housing through the second radial bearing to the spindle body and across the second opposing surfaces and the second circumferential surface to the spindle body, and through a third fluid passage between the spindle body and the tube;
rotating the spindle body while the water is directed through the first fluid passages and the second fluid passages and the third fluid passage to create a water film between the housing and the spindle body and between the spindle body and the tube that reduces friction between the housing and the spindle body and the tube; and
cooling the housing and the spindle body and the tube with the water.

US Pat. No. 10,363,678

SAW GUIDE AND METHOD OF USING SAME

TECHSOUTH, INC., Indian ...

1. A saw guide comprising:(a) a substantially cylindrical body for positioning on a substantially cylindrical workpiece to be cut with a saw blade, the body comprising first and second arcuate members, each of the first and second arcuate members defining a length and a width and having first and second ends, the first end of the first arcuate member releasably attached to the first end of the second arcuate member, and the second end of the first arcuate member pivotally connected to the second end of the second arcuate member, whereby the body is moveable between a closed position wherein the first ends of the first and second arcuate members are attached, and an open position wherein the first ends of the first and second arcuate sections are released from attachment and the first and second sections are allowed to freely pivot;
(b) first and second slot sections integrally formed in the first arcuate member and extending entirely through the width of the first arcuate member, the first slot section substantially parallel to the second slot section;
(c) first and second slot sections integrally formed in the second arcuate member and extending entirely through the width of the second arcuate member, the first slot section substantially parallel to the second slot section; and
(d) wherein the first slot section of the first arcuate member is linearly aligned with the first slot section of the second arcuate member to form a substantially continuous first slot for receiving a saw blade when the body is in the closed position, and the second slot section of the first arcuate member is linearly aligned with the second slot section of the second arcuate member to form a substantially continuous second slot for receiving a saw blade when the body is in the closed position, wherein the first slot is wider than the second slot whereby the first slot is adapted for receiving a first saw blade having a first width and the second slot is adapted for receiving a second saw blade having a second width less than the first width of the first saw blade.

US Pat. No. 10,363,677

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CUTTER DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a cutter that includes a first blade and a second blade, wherein the second blade is rotatable about a rotation center, wherein the cutter cuts a printing medium by causing the first blade to be in frictional contact with the second blade, wherein the second blade is rotatable and is moved in response to the frictional contact;
wherein the first blade is positioned on a first blade side of the second blade when in the frictional contact,
wherein the rotation center of the second blade is disposed on the first blade side with respect to a moving surface of the first blade.

US Pat. No. 10,363,676

MANDOLINE WITH SPIRALIZER INSERT

Progressive International...

1. A mandoline slicer, comprising:a frame having a pair of opposing frame sidewalls;
a slicing ramp having a rearward ramp portion positioned between the opposing frame sidewalls and a forward ramp portion positioned between the opposing frame sidewalls, the forward ramp portion having a main slicing blade with a sharp edge facing toward the rearward ramp portion, the rearward ramp portion being spaced apart from the forward ramp portion to define an opening between the rearward ramp opening and the forward ramp opening; and
a spiral slicing insert removably seated within the opening, the spiral slicing insert having an upper side and a lower side;
the upper side of the spiral slicing insert having an upper circular support, an upwardly extending spindle, and a first spiral slicing blade positioned inside the upper circular support; and
the lower side of the spiral slicing insert having a lower circular support, a downwardly extending spindle, and a second spiral slicing blade positioned inside the upper circular support;
the spiral slicing insert further being selectively positionable within the opening such that either the upper side of the spiral slicing insert extends upwardly away from the slicing ramp or the lower side of the spiral slicing insert extends upwardly away from the slicing ramp.

US Pat. No. 10,363,675

KNIFE AND SHEATH

WHG Properties, LLC, Nor...

12. A sheath and knife combination, comprising:a knife having a tang and a blade;
a sheath including:
a main body having a least a top face, a front face, and a pair of side faces, the front face being wider than the side faces and comprising a window formed therein;
a cavity defined by the main body, the cavity having an opening in the top face, the cavity being sized and shaped to receive at least the blade of the knife, wherein the window adjoins the cavity; and
a latch disposed in the front face of the main body, the latch being spring loaded and having a projection at least partially positionable within the cavity by way of the window,
wherein the latch comprises a button and a latch pin, the button being at least partially disposed in the top face of the sheath, and the latch being configured to be pivotable about the latch pin when a force is applied to the button.

US Pat. No. 10,363,674

RAZOR CARTRIDGE GUARD STRUCTURE

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A razor comprising a guard structure in front of a plurality of blades, said guard structure comprising a plurality of rows of elongated hard plastic protrusions arranged on a curved profile wherein said curved profile of said guard structure is represented by an equationy=0.0348x5?0.3058x4+1.0288x3?1.7226x2+1.6388x where x is a distance from a front end of the guard structure towards the blades to a back end of the guard structure and y is a height of subsequent protrusions of said protrusions relative to a height of a first protrusion at the front of the guard structure.

US Pat. No. 10,363,673

THINNING SHEARS

Capelito Corporation, Ka...

1. Haircutting thinning shears comprising:a comb blade and a bar blade, wherein the comb blade is provided with a number of slits spaced apart at intervals, and having teeth between the slits, the slits and the teeth continuing to the comb blade's tip-edge portion such that the tip-edge portion ends in one of the teeth, the comb blade being longer than the bar blade, the comb blade's tip-edge portion being corner-rounding processed to make the tip-edge portion arcuate at its tip and make sharp edges of the arcuate tip rounded, and the tooth in the tip-edge portion having a width not greater than 1 mm; and
an indentation being provided in a tip end of each of the teeth; wherein
the configuration of the arcuate tip-edge portion and the rounded edges of the comb blade enable the thinning shears to be stood upright on hair on a scalp and the tip-edge portion to be slid along the scalp heading in the direction that the hair grows, to catch in the indentations crosswise hair that grows along the scalp in a direction different from the rest of the hair and cut the crosswise hair with the thinning shears.

US Pat. No. 10,363,672

RESILIENT CUTLERY HANDLE

Corelle Brands Holdings I...

1. A cutlery implement comprising:a blade having a proximal end and an opposed distal end, the blade further having a cutting edge and a spine, the spine being disposed on a top side of the blade portion and generally opposed to the cutting edge;
a handle coupled to the blade proximate the distal end of the blade, the handle comprising:
an upper handle portion being coupled to the spine of the blade so that the handle remains stationary relative to the blade, and a lower handle portion coupled to the upper handle portion, wherein one of either the upper handle portion and the lower handle portion is formed from a resilient polymer material, and the other of the upper handle portion and the lower handle portion is formed of a generally rigid material;
a cavity defined between the lower handle portion and the upper handle portion, and
a handle core, wherein the cavity is defined between an outer surface of the handle core and an inner surface of the lower handle portion, and wherein the cavity contains a gel.

US Pat. No. 10,363,671

HORIZONTAL MULTI-JOINT ROBOT AND ROBOT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A robot comprising:a pedestal;
a first arm connected to the pedestal and be able to rotate around a first axis;
a second arm connected to the first arm and be able to rotate around a second axis;
a shaft slideably supported by the second arm such that the shaft is movable in a direction parallel to the second axis;
a supporting portion provided at the pedestal, the supporting portion having a surface orthogonal to the first axis and overlapping the first axis when viewed from a direction of the first axis; and
a duct connects between the second arm and the supporting portion, wherein
the duct is able to rotate around the first axis and is able to rotate around the second axis,
a height of the duct in the direction of the first axis is less than a height of the shaft, and
a first thickness of the supporting portion intersecting the first axis is less than a second thickness of the first arm intersecting the first axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,670

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR DYNAMIC BENDING OF INFLATABLE STRUCTURES

1. An air beam configured to be dynamically moved, the air beam comprising:an inflatable gas bladder;
a first braided tube substantially surrounding the gas bladder;
a plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements that extend substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the first braided tube, wherein for each variable-length axial reinforcement from the plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements, a portion of the variable-length axial reinforcement that extends along a free braid section of the first braided tube is configured to be adjustable in length independently of any other variable-length axial reinforcement from the plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements;
a plurality of actuators, each actuator from the plurality of actuators coupled to a corresponding variable-length axial reinforcement from the plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements and configured to operably shorten the portion of the corresponding variable-length axial reinforcement that extends along the free braid section sufficiently to bend a first predetermined portion of the first braided tube in a first predetermined direction and to a first predetermined angle
wherein at least one of the plurality of variable-length axial reinforcements is braided into the first braided tube.

US Pat. No. 10,363,669

ANATOMICAL ROBOT

1. An anatomical robot including: at least a first structure element and a second structure element, at least a first compelling element and a second compelling element, and a pull cord system; each of said structure elements having at least a first contacting surface at a longitudinal end of said respective structure elements, said first contacting surface of said first structure element being one of concave or convex and said first contacting surface of said second structure element being the other of concave or convex and being proximate said first contacting surface of said first structure element and receiving said first contacting surface of said first structure element and forming a mating pair; each said compelling elements spanning between and connected to said first structure element and said structure element of said mating pair and compelling said contact surfaces to remain in contact; and said pull cord system including at least a first pull cord attached to said first structure element, and at least a first pull cord pulling device, said first pull cord and said first pull cord pulling device permitting flexing of said first structure element with respect to said second structure element.

US Pat. No. 10,363,668

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR POST-TREATMENT OF DRY ADHESIVE MICROSTRUCTURES

ONROBOT LOS ANGELES INC.,...

1. A method for post-treating dry adhesive microstructures to form post-treated tips, comprising:(a) directing a liquid polymer layer to self-align with a plurality of microstructures adjacent to a gripping surface;
(b) receiving, by a computer processor, a reading of applied pressure on said gripping surface by said liquid polymer layer;
(c) adjusting a position of said liquid polymer layer relative to a position of said gripping surface based at least in part on said reading of applied pressure and a predetermined dipping pressure;
(d) retracting said liquid polymer layer such that a portion of said liquid polymer layer is retained on a tip of each microstructure of said plurality of microstructures; and
(e) curing said portion of said liquid polymer layer.

US Pat. No. 10,363,667

OPTICAL MEASUREMENT OF OBJECT LOCATION IN THREE DIMENSIONS

AUTODESK, INC., San Rafa...

1. A computer-implemented method of determining a location of an object that is being manipulated or processed by a robot, the method comprising:capturing a digital image of the object while the object is disposed by the robot within an imaging space, wherein the digital image includes a direct view of the object and a reflected view of the object;
detecting a visible feature of the object in the direct view and the visible feature of the object in the reflected view;
computing a first location of the visible feature in a first direction based on a position of the visible feature in the direct view;
computing a second location of the visible feature in a second direction based on a position of the visible feature in the reflected view; and
causing the robot to move the object to a processing station based at least in part on the first location and the second location.

US Pat. No. 10,363,666

ROBOTIC SYSTEM WITH HAPTIC CUTTING TOOL

Harris Corporation, Melb...

1. A robotic system, comprising:a control system including a user interface device;
a slave device which is controlled by the control system, the slave device including
a robotic grasping device formed of a base and at least one finger which is movable to facilitate grasping of objects, the finger pivotally mounted to the base at a proximal end and having an elongated length which extends away from the rigid base to a distal end;
at least one sensor which senses a force applied to the finger; and
a cutting tool attached to the base of the robotic grasping device, the cutting tool including a first cutting jaw arranged to pivot on a pivot axis in a direction away from the finger of the robotic grasping device and towards a second cutting jaw when the finger applies a pushing force on the first cutting jaw;
wherein forces exerted on the first or second cutting jaw are sensed with the at least one sensor during a first predetermined range of finger motion associated with a cutting mode.

US Pat. No. 10,363,665

LINEAR ROBOT ARM WITH MULTIPLE END EFFECTORS

Persimmon Technologies Co...

1. A substrate transport apparatus for carrying at least four substrates comprising:a lower linearly driven end effector structure including a left prong including a first paddle configured to carry a substrate and a right prong including a second paddle spaced from the first paddle configured to carry a substrate;
a lower shuttle coupled to the left and right prongs of the lower linearly driven end effector structure configured to mount the lower linearly driven end effector structure thereon;
an upper linearly driven end effector structure including a left prong including a first paddle configured to carry a substrate and a right prong including a second paddle spaced from the first paddle configured to carry a substrate;
an upper shuttle coupled to the left and right prongs of the upper linearly driven end effector structure configured to mount the upper linearly driven end effector structure thereon; and
a drive subsystem coupled to the lower shuttle and the upper shuttle configured to linearly drive the lower end effector structure and to linearly drive the upper end effector structure independent of the lower end effector structure.

US Pat. No. 10,363,664

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for controlling a robot which holds and moves an object, the apparatus comprising:a processor,
wherein the processor acquires, from a measurement apparatus, a three-dimensional coordinate of a plurality of objects measured in distance by the measurement apparatus,
acquires a position in an oblique direction inclining with respect to a measuring direction of a distance from the measurement apparatus to the object for the three-dimensional coordinate of the plurality of objects, and
determines an order to hold the plurality of objects by the robot based on the position in the oblique direction and outputs an information representing the order, and
wherein one of the axes of the three-dimensional coordinate is a measuring direction of the distance from the measurement apparatus to an object.

US Pat. No. 10,363,663

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CRADLE THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An electronic apparatus, comprising:a cradle; and
an electronic device capable of being placed on the cradle and including a hemispherical surface, wherein the electronic device includes:
a camera module configured to acquire an image;
a sensor module configured to sense an orientation of the electronic apparatus;
a processor configured to determine a target orientation of the electronic apparatus based on the acquired image; and
a communication module configured to transmit information regarding the sensed orientation of the electronic apparatus and information regarding the determined target orientation of the electronic apparatus to the cradle for the electronic apparatus and wherein the cradle includes:
a communication unit configured to receive the information regarding the sensed orientation of the electronic device and the information regarding the determined target orientation of the electronic device from the electronic device;
a plurality of driving legs, each of which is arranged to contact with the hemispherical surface of the electronic device;
a driver configure to rotate the plurality of driving legs; and
a controller configured to control the driver to rotate at least one driving leg among the plurality of driving legs to move the electronic device to the determined target orientation, based on the information regarding the sensed orientation of the electronic device and the information regarding the determined target orientation of the electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,363,662

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELF-CONTAINED INDEPENDENTLY CONTROLLED MODULAR MANUFACTURING TOOLS

MTM Robotics, LLC, Mukil...

1. A system, comprising:a plurality of self-contained modular end-effector assemblies, each self-contained modular end-effector assembly including:
an actuator mount configured to removably engage an actuator suited to maneuver any modular end-effector assembly coupled thereto;
an interface configured to communicate with a master control system remote from each self-contained modular end-effector assembly that is capable of controlling the actuator;
an end-effector disposed in each self-contained modular end-effector assemblies and configured to accomplish a manufacturing function; and
a local controller disposed in each self-contained modular end-effector assembly and configured to control the respective end-effector independent of the master control system.

US Pat. No. 10,363,661

CONTROL DEVICE, ROBOT, AND ROBOT SYSTEM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A control device which controls a robot having a moving part, the control device comprising:a processor configured to cause an end effector provided on the moving part to move an insertion object, bring the insertion object into contact with an insertion hole provided in the insertion target object in a state where the insertion object is tilted from a center axis of the insertion hole, and subsequently insert the insertion object into the insertion hole, wherein
the processor is configured to move a position of a reference site moving with the moving part to a target position, and control to move the position of the reference site to the target position while the insertion object is inserted into the insertion hole,
the end effector includes a screwdriver,
the insertion object is a screw attached to the screwdriver, and
the processor is configured to move the position of the reference site in the insertion direction at a speed which is set based on a product of a number of rotations per unit time of the screwdriver and a lead for the screw.

US Pat. No. 10,363,660

ROBOT SYSTEM CONTROLLING METHOD, PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, ROBOT SYSTEM, AND DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A diagnosis apparatus for diagnosing a failure of an articulated robot, the articulated robot including a plurality of links connected by joints, a plurality of motors each configured to drive a corresponding one of the joints, and a plurality of encoders each configured to output a value based on a rotational angle of a corresponding one of the motors, the diagnosis apparatus comprising:one or more processors configured to determine presence or absence of a failure in the articulated robot by analyzing a magnitude and a direction of a force acted on each of the joints based on an output value of each of the plurality of encoders and an output value of each of the plurality of motors.

US Pat. No. 10,363,659

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOAD BALANCING OF ROBOTS TO CREATE MORE EQUIVALENT TASK LOADS ACROSS TASK SERVERS

Fetch Robotics, Inc., Sa...

1. A system for load balancing of robots, comprising:at least two robots;
a first computer comprising a first task server; and
a second computer comprising a second task server, the second task server
operably connected to the first task server, the first task server configured to manage a first spatial region, the first task server operably connected to the at least two robots, the first task server configured to receive a task to be performed by a robot at a site comprising the first spatial region, the first task server further configured to assign the task to one of the two or more robots if the task can efficiently be performed within the first spatial region, thereby creating enhanced task loads across the first task server and the second task server, wherein the first task server and the second task server are configured to interactively assign spatial regions so as to approximately balance loads on the first task server and the second task server, wherein the load is defined as a length of a server's task queue.

US Pat. No. 10,363,658

ANGLE DETECTION METHOD, ANGLE DETECTION APPARATUS, ROTATION DRIVE APPARATUS, ROBOT APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An angle correcting method performed by an apparatus provided with a first shaft, a power transmission unit, and a second shaft which are connected, and also provided with a first encoder for obtaining a first rotation angle of the first shaft and a second encoder for obtaining a second rotation angle of the second shaft, the angle correcting method comprising:obtaining first rotation angle data from the first encoder, wherein the first rotation angle data indicates a plurality of rotation angles of the first shaft that were detected by the first encoder;
obtaining second rotation angle data from the second encoder, wherein the second rotation angle data indicates a plurality of rotation angles of the second shaft that were detected by the second encoder;
generating correction data for the second encoder by interpolating sampling points of a detection error of the second encoder, wherein each of the sampling points of the detection error indicates a difference between a rotation angle detected by the second encoder and a physical rotation angle of the second shaft, and wherein the interpolating is performed by linear interpolation or sine wave estimation interpolation using the sampling points of the detection error; and
obtaining corrected second rotation angle data by correcting the second rotation angle data using the correction data for the second encoder.

US Pat. No. 10,363,657

MULTI-AGENT COORDINATION UNDER SPARSE NETWORKING

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a first robotic device, a first time-parameterized path for the first robotic device, wherein the first time-parameterized path comprises a first timeline of expected locations of the first robotic device;
receiving, by the first robotic device, an indication of a second robotic device having a second time-parameterized path that overlaps with the first time-parameterized path at a first location, wherein the second time-parameterized path comprises a second timeline of expected locations of the second robotic device;
executing, by the first robotic device, a first portion of the first time-parameterized path before reaching the first location, wherein execution of the first portion corresponds to a first rate of progress of the first robotic device along the first time-parameterized path;
receiving, by the first robotic device, a communication signal from the second robotic device indicating a second rate of progress of the second robotic device along the second time-parameterized path;
determining a difference in progress compared to a coordinated timeline between the first rate of progress and the second rate of progress; and
modifying, by the first robotic device, execution of the first time-parameterized path based on the determined difference in order to avoid a collision between the first robotic device and the second robotic device at the first location.

US Pat. No. 10,363,656

MULTI-ROBOT GRADIENT BASED ADAPTIVE NAVIGATION SYSTEM

Santa Clara University, ...

1. A system for collective navigation of mobile robots, comprising:(a) a cluster of mobile robots equipped with sensors, the robots navigating in a space with a desired navigation task;
(b) a first controller controlling the kinematics of each of the robots; and
(c) a second controller adaptively and collectively controlling the navigation of each of the robots in the cluster by receiving information from the sensors of all the mobile robots in the cluster and estimating field characteristics comprising gradient direction and/or differential scalar measurements based on all the received sensor information to then determine a desired bearing for the entire cluster of mobile robots, and specifying appropriate cluster state space set-points comprising cluster size and shape to achieve the desired navigation task for each of the mobile robots in the cluster.

US Pat. No. 10,363,655

UPHOLSTERY INTERIOR INSTALLATION TOOL

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A panel installation tool comprising:a first portion configured to releasably engage with a panel;
a second portion attached to the first portion and configured to releasably engage a structural component to retain the first portion with respect to the structural component; and
a location indicator positioned at the first portion and configured to enable marking on a panel surface a location through which a retaining element may be used to retain the panel to the structural component, wherein the first portion is transformable between an open configuration and a closed configuration relative to the second portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,654

TOOL ORGANIZER AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

1. A method of making an organizer for maintaining one or more items, the method comprising the following steps:providing a depressible core having a flat upper surface and a lower surface wherein the upper surface of the depressible core maintains a depressed shaped of a depression after the depression is formed in the depressible core by the one or more items;
coating the flat upper surface of the core with a tacky adhesive while the upper surface is flat,
disposing a sheet of stretchy fabric covering material when the upper surface of the depressible core is flat so that when one or more items is placed on the sheet of stretchy fabric covering material and the one or more items are pressed or tapped into the stretchy fabric cover covering material, the depressible core and the stretchy fabric covering material simultaneously forms the depression in the upper surface of the depressible core and shapes the sheet of stretchy fabric covering material into a shape of the one or more items.

US Pat. No. 10,363,653

ATTACHMENT DEVICE FOR A HAND TOOL

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...

1. An attachment device for use with a hand tool having a handle portion with a distal end, the attachment device comprising:a connection member having a connection point; and
a receiver including a flexible annular wall extending axially from the connection member to define a central channel having an open end, the receiver configured to receive at least a portion of the handle portion within the central channel via the open end, and wherein the receiver includes a split extending axially along the length of the annular wall to allow the annular wall to disconnect from itself, and wherein the receiver is adjustable between a secured configuration, in which ends of the annular wall are coupled to one another, and a disconnected configuration, in which the ends of the annular wall are not coupled to one another so the annular wall may be wrapped around the handle portion, and
wherein the annular wall may be wrapped around the handle portion when the receiver is in the disconnected configuration, and wherein the receiver allows the handle portion to be axially inserted into the central channel while restricting the removal of the handle portion therefrom when the receiver is in the secured configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,363,652

LOW-NOISE HYDRAULIC HAMMER

S.M METAL CO., LTD., Ans...

1. A low-noise hydraulic hammer comprising:an impact bar (200) formed in a striking part (300) and configured to be inserted into a receiving part (120) in a piston (100),
wherein an inner lateral side wall of the receiving part (120) is inclinedly formed such that a diameter of the receiving part (120) is increased toward the impact bar (200),
the impact bar (200) is received in the receiving part (120) to make contact with the piston (100), formed with a diameter reduced toward the receiving part (120), and spaced apart from the inner lateral side wall of the receiving part (120) by a specific distance, and
a plurality of heat sinks (500) are mounted on the inner lateral side wall of the receiving part (120) or on an outer lateral side wall of the impact bar (200).

US Pat. No. 10,363,651

HAMMER ASSEMBLY

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A hydraulic hammer comprising:an elongated housing;
a removable head assembled on an end of the elongated housing and defining a chamber for holding a pressurized gas, the head including a wall extending transverse thereto and configured to abut the housing and defining a gas discharge passage extending between the chamber and the housing;
a fastener configured to removably attach the head to the housing;
a piston arranged for reciprocating movement within the head and the housing; and
an elastomeric plug positioned in the gas discharge passage and configured to move or deform under pressure of the pressurized gas in the chamber upon loosening of the fastener and removal or separation of the head from the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,363,650

DRIVING TOOL

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

1. A driving tool comprising:a driver that strikes a driven member when moved in a driving direction;
a weight device that moves in a direction opposite to a moving direction of the driver; and
a rack and pinion mechanism that is disposed between the driver and the weight device and by which the weight device moves in the direction opposite to the moving direction of the driver, wherein:
the rack and pinion mechanism includes a driving-side rack gear, a driven-side rack gear, a driving-side pinion gear with which the driving-side rack gear is engaged, and a driven-side pinion gear with which the driven-side rack gear is engaged, the driving-side rack gear is configured to move the driver and the driven-side rack gear is configured to move the weight device;
the driving-side pinion gear and the driven-side pinion gear are coaxially supported so as to be rotatable relative to each other within a predetermined angle range; and
an elastic member is interposed between the driving-side pinion gear and the driven-side pinion gear so as to elastically absorb a relative rotation of the driving-side pinion gear with respect to the driven-side pinion gear.

US Pat. No. 10,363,648

APPARATUS, COMPONENTS, METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR USE IN SELECTIVELY TEXTURING CONCRETE SURFACES

C.J. Spray, Eagan, MN (U...

1. A method of providing a surface portion of an architectural precast concrete wall panel with an abraded texture, the method including a step of:receiving, in a spray chamber of a factory, an uninstalled architectural precast concrete wall panel formed from cement and aggregate and having a thickness of at least three inches;
selecting or defining a predetermined texture to be abraded into a selected surface portion of the architectural precast wall panel with an aqueous-based particulate abrasive mixture by:
defining a motion path for controlling the motion of a dispenser; and
defining one or more selected speeds of the dispenser along the motion path; and
spraying the selected surface portion of the architectural precast concrete wall panel with the aqueous-based particulate abrasive mixture from the dispenser along the motion path at the one or more selected speeds and pressures to at least partially abrade the selected surface portion to provide the predetermined texture.

US Pat. No. 10,363,645

CONTROLLER AND CONVEYANCE SYSTEM

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

10. A conveyance system comprising:an actuator that conveys a workpiece;
a sensor that detects the workpiece; and
a controller for outputting a drive signal to the actuator while referencing a sensor signal received from the sensor,
the controller including:
an external interface that includes an actuator output part and a sensor input part, the actuator output part receiving drive information for controlling the actuator, and transmitting the drive signal to the actuator in accordance with the drive information, and the sensor input part receiving the sensor signal from the sensor and generating sensor information in accordance with the sensor signal;
a settings input part that receives input of a control program and constraint-condition setting information from a user, the control program being a program for generating the drive information while referencing the sensor information, and the constraint-condition setting information being instruction information that is associated with the control program to change a constraint condition assumed between the workpiece and the actuator;
a control-program execution part that processes the control program and includes a constraint-condition change instruction processor that issues a constraint-condition change instruction in accordance with the constraint-condition setting information;
a constraint-condition change part that manages the constraint condition in accordance with the constraint-condition change instruction issued by the constraint-condition change instruction processor;
a workpiece simulation part that estimates an amount of movement of the workpiece from the drive information and estimates a current position of the workpiece by adding the amount of movement to a previous position of the workpiece, the drive information being generated by the control-program execution part and generated for, among the at least one actuator, an actuator that is assumed to be constrained by the workpiece under the constraint condition managed by the constraint-condition change part;
a sensor simulation part that uses information about the current position of the workpiece estimated by the workpiece simulation part to generate sensor simulation information that simulates the sensor information; and
an input/output switching part that has at least a sensor simulation mode as an operation mode,
wherein in the sensor simulation mode, the input/output switching part transmits the drive information generated by the control-program execution part to at least the workpiece simulation part and transmits the sensor simulation information generated by the sensor simulation part as alternate information of the sensor information to the control-program execution part.

US Pat. No. 10,363,644

NUMERICAL-CONTROL MACHINE TOOL

PARPAS S.P.A., Cadoneghe...

1. A numerical-control machine tool, comprising:two side walls that rise from a base and that extend horizontally side by side so as to form a longitudinal corridor (L);
a load-bearing beam which extends astride the two side walls perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the corridor (L), and is movable along the two side walls in a first horizontal direction (di), which extends substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the corridor (L) and perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the beam (A);
a spindle-holding carriage which is movable on the load-bearing beam in a second horizontal direction (d2), which extends substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the beam (A);
a spindle-holding shaft which is fixed to the spindle-holding carriage (10), the spindle-holding shaft having a longitudinal axis (B) that extends substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the beam (A);
a motor spindle fixed to the spindle-holding shaft so as to be able to reach a workpiece to be machined, which workpiece is provided stationary on the base, wherein the spindle-holding shaft is movable on the spindle-holding carriage parallel to the longitudinal axis (B) so as to be able to vary the distance between the motor spindle and the workpiece;
a front wall and a rear wall that each close a respective one of two opposing ends of the longitudinal corridor;
an upper cover which extends astride the two lateral shoulders, at a predetermined height from the base, so as to close the longitudinal corridor at the top, and thereby delimit, together with the front and rear walls, a machining chamber, which is isolated from the outside and is only accessible via an access door of the front wall; and
an ambient conditioning unit which is adapted to bring and maintain the temperature of air present inside the machining chamber around a given target value, wherein
said upper cover being engaged in a pass-through and an axially sliding manner by the spindle-holding shaft, and being structured so as to follow the movements of the spindle-holding shaft in said first (di) and second (d2) horizontal directions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,643

MORTISE AND TENON JIG

LEIGH INDUSTRIES, LTD., ...

1. A mortise and tenon jig comprising:a base plate;
a router support plate attached to an upper surface of the base plate, the router support plate comprising an opening; and
a guide attached to the router support plate, wherein:
the guide comprises a first end and a second end;
the first end comprises a mortise guide surface;
the second end comprises a tenon guide surface; and
the mortise and tenon jig comprises a first configuration where the mortise guide surface is aligned with the opening and a second configuration where the tenon guide surface is aligned with the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,363,642

LOCKING CENTERING MECHANISM

Carson Optical, Inc., Ko...

1. A centering mechanism to retain an object having a center, wherein the centering mechanism comprises:a main body having at least a first alignment axis,
at least two retaining members, each having at least a first end and a first pressing portion,
at least one centering member having at least a first surface,
at least one locking mechanism engageable with the centering member, with at least the first locking mechanism having at least, a first tangential surface, a first locked state and a first unlocked state,
wherein the centering mechanism can retain an object with the center approximately aligned to at least the first alignment axis, and at least the first tangential surface directly or indirectly at least partially engages at least the first surface of at least the first centering member so that the locking mechanism further retains the object.

US Pat. No. 10,363,641

MACHINE TOOL

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A machine tool configured to machine a target workpiece by using a tool detachably attached to a spindle, the machine tool comprising:a revolving-type turret including a plurality of grips provided along a circumferential direction thereof, each of the plurality of grips being configured to hold the tool attached to the spindle;
a first rotary shaft configured to rotate about a swing axis of the turret;
a second rotary shaft having a longitudinal axis extending in a direction substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the first rotary shaft, and configured to rotate the turret about a revolving axis;
a motor configured to rotate the first rotary shaft;
a power transmission unit including a first gear arrangement connected to the first rotary shaft and a second gear connected to the second rotary shaft, the second gear being configured to be meshed with the first gear arrangement; and
a rotation prohibition unit configured to, when the turret is swung about the swing axis, prohibit rotation of the second rotary shaft about the revolving axis in order to swing the second rotary shaft about the first rotary shaft, wherein:
the first gear arrangement of the power transmission unit comprises two first gears;
the two first gears are disposed away from each other so as to be face-to-face with each other, one first gear of the two first gears is unrotatably connected to the first rotary shaft, and another first gear of the two first gears is rotatably connected to the first rotary shaft;
the second gear is configured to be meshed with the two first gears between the two first gears;
the rotation prohibition unit is a power switching member connected to the first rotary shaft unrotatably but movably in an axial direction of the first rotary shaft, the rotation prohibition unit being configured to, when the turret is swung about the swing axis, be moved in the axial direction and come into abutment against the another first gear to thereby enable rotation of the two first gears in a same direction and prohibit rotation of the second rotary shaft about the revolving axis, and when the turret is revolved about the revolving axis, be moved away from the another first gear to thereby enable rotation of the second rotary shaft about the revolving axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,639

LIFTING DEVICES AND METHODS OF OPERATING THE SAME

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

7. A method of operating a lifting device, said method comprising:engaging a component using a clamp mechanism of the lifting device; and
selectively protracting a locator mechanism of the lifting device such that a datum feature of the locator mechanism contacts a destination datum feature of a pallet to properly position the engaged component on the pallet,
wherein the destination datum feature of the pallet includes at least one datum pin and the datum feature of the locator mechanism includes a datum sleeve, said method further comprising inserting one of the at least one datum pins into the datum sleeve when positioning the engaged component on the pallet,
wherein, when the datum sleeve receives the datum pin, the locator mechanism transmits a signal to a computing device of the lifting device to indicate proper positioning of the engaged component on the pallet.

US Pat. No. 10,363,638

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A SCREWING PROCESS

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for controlling a screwing process, comprising:during the screwing process screwing a screw into a component with an electrical screwing device;
detecting during the screwing process an actual course of at least one process parameter of the screwing;
testing whether the actual course has a pattern indicating an abrupt spike in torque later in the screwing process, which pattern predicts an error of the screwing process;
terminating the screwing process early when the actual course has said pattern;
placing of a new screw; and
performing a new screwing process.

US Pat. No. 10,363,637

MOLDING SYSTEM

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A molding system for assembling a part by displacing a workpiece, which is gripped by a hand of a robot, toward a mold of an injection molding machine, while rotating the workpiece and a molded article, which is supported on the mold, relative to each other, whereby the molded article and the workpiece are screw-engaged with each other, the molding system comprising:a rotation detector configured to detect a relative rotational amount between the molded article and the workpiece;
an assembled state judging unit configured to judge whether an assembled state of the assembled part corresponds to a predetermined state or not; and
a control unit configured to relatively rotate and displace the molded article and the workpiece until the rotational amount detected by the rotation detector exceeds a predetermined rotational amount and until the assembled state determined by the assembled state judging unit becomes the predetermined state.

US Pat. No. 10,363,636

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING A MECHANICAL FORCE FOR DRIVING A PRESSING DEVICE FOR PRESS FITTINGS

1. A device for transmitting a mechanical force for press fittings comprising:a storage container for a hydraulic fluid;
a pump cylinder with a pump piston;
a working cylinder with a working piston, wherein the working piston's displacement in the working cylinder is greater than the pump piston's displacement in the pump cylinder;
a first line connecting the storage container to the pump cylinder, wherein a non-return valve prevents a return flow of the hydraulic fluid from the pump cylinder into the storage container;
a second line connecting the pump cylinder to the working cylinder, wherein a non-return valve prevents a return flow of the hydraulic fluid from the working cylinder into the pump cylinder;
a third line connecting the working cylinder to the storage container, wherein a switching valve opens and closes the third line;
a fourth line with a pressure limiting valve that branches off in the direction of flow after the non-return valve of the second line and a control line that connects the pressure limiting valve to the switching valve; and
wherein the switching valve has a mechanical plunger, wherein the working piston is arranged in such a way that the working piston, during a return stroke, actuates the mechanical plunger and closes the switching valve.

US Pat. No. 10,363,635

SYSTEMS FOR REMOVING ITEMS FROM A CONTAINER

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

17. A method, comprising:causing, with a controller, a first handler of a pick tool and a second handler of the pick tool to be in contact with an inventory item, wherein the pick tool includes:
a first finger comprising a first segment and a second segment movably connected to an end of the first segment, the first handler being connected to an end of the second segment opposite the end of the first segment, and
a second finger disposed opposite the first finger and moveable relative to the first finger;
causing, with the controller, the first handler to apply a first force to the item, in a first direction toward the second handler;
causing, with the controller, the second handler to apply a second force to the item, in a second direction toward the first handler, wherein the second force is substantially equal to the first force; and
causing the first handler and the second handler to rotate, during application of the first force and the second force to the item, wherein rotation of the first handler and the second handler causes movement of the item in a lifting direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction and the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,634

DEPOSITED STRUCTURE WITH INTEGRAL COOLING ENHANCEMENT FEATURES

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A method for forming a metallic structure having an aperture with a bend, comprising:providing a main tool having a formation surface corresponding to a desired structure shape of the metallic structure;
attaching a removable tool having a shape corresponding to a desired aperture shape of the aperture with the bend to the main tool;
depositing a layer of material on the formation surface using a cold-spray technique;
removing the removable tool from the layer of material such that the layer of material defines the aperture with the bend;
forming a base layer of material on the formation surface using the cold-spray technique prior to attaching the removable tool to the main tool; and
positioning a temporary tool into a slot defined by the main tool prior to forming the base layer of material on the formation surface.

US Pat. No. 10,363,633

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING AT LEAST ONE METAL TURBINE ENGINE PART

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A method of fabricating a turbine engine blade for a turbine engine, the method comprising:a) casting a metal alloy by centrifuging into a permanent metal mold for making a blank, the permanent metal mold rotating about an axis during the casting;
b) obtaining a cast blank of elongate shape and of section that is circular or polygonal; and
c) machining the blank to make the turbine engine blade by removing material of the blank to reveal all exterior features of the turbine engine blade,
wherein the metal alloy is TiAl-based,
wherein the permanent metal mold includes a plurality of housings extending radially from the axis and being regularly spaced around the axis,
wherein the cast blank is initially in a form of a wheel including a plurality of radial blanks in which radially inner ends of the radial blanks are secured to a common central hub, and
wherein the blank obtained in step b) is tubular, with at least one turbine engine blade being machined from a thickness of a tubular wall of the blank.

US Pat. No. 10,363,631

NEUTRON IRRADIATED MATERIAL REPAIR

Framatome Inc., Lynchbur...

1. A method of repairing a neutron irradiated damaged metal of a part in a nuclear power plant, comprising:identifying a damaged portion of the irradiated metal to be repaired on the part;
removing a volume of the irradiated metal to create a cavity, the volume including the damaged portion, said removing creating a surface formed by a recast layer in the cavity;
cleaning the surface to remove the recast layer; and
replacing the volume with a replacement material that at least partially fills the cavity without melting the part, wherein said replacing includes performing powder injection laser welding to replace the removed volume.

US Pat. No. 10,363,630

LASER PROCESSING APPARATUS AND LASER PROCESSING METHOD FOR PERFORMING LASER PROCESSING WHILE CONTROLLING REFLECTED LIGHT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A laser processing method performed in a laser processing apparatus which outputs a laser beam from a processing head to a workpiece, to perform laser processing while controlling reflected light of the output laser beam to a prescribed value or less, the laser processing method comprising the steps of:before performing laser processing for the workpiece, increasing laser power stepwise from laser power lower than laser power included in a processing condition of the laser processing, to emit a laser beam from a laser oscillator, and measuring reflected light by a reflected light sensor;
deciding an output condition for decreasing reflected light based on a measured value of the reflected light and the prescribed value; and
decreasing reflected light before performing the laser processing by irradiating the workpiece with a laser beam for a predetermined period of time on the decided output condition.

US Pat. No. 10,363,629

MITIGATION OF PARTICLE CONTAMINATION FOR WAFER DICING PROCESSES

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A method of dicing a wafer having a plurality of integrated circuits thereon, the method comprising:dicing the wafer into a plurality of singulated dies disposed above a dicing tape;
subsequent to dicing the wafer into the plurality of singulated dies, forming a material layer over and between the plurality of singulated dies above the dicing tape; and
expanding the dicing tape, wherein a plurality of particles is collected on the material layer during the expanding.

US Pat. No. 10,363,627

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING LOCATION SERVICES FOR A WELDING POWER SUPPLY

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A welding power supply comprising:power conversion circuitry configured to convert an input power into an output power for a welding operation;
wireless communication circuitry configured to wirelessly communicate with a portable electronic device via wireless communications; and
a controller configured to:
pair the portable electronic device with the welding power supply in the wireless communications;
control operation of the power conversion circuitry based at least in part on commands received wirelessly from the portable electronic device via the wireless communications;
receive, via the wireless communications circuitry, first location data representative of a location of the portable electronic device; and
set second location data representative of a location of the welding power supply equal to the first location data, wherein the second location data is stored in a memory device of the welding power supply.

US Pat. No. 10,363,626

CONTROL METHOD FOR MIG/MAG-WELDING AND WELDING EQUIPMENT APPLYING THIS METHOD

ESAB AB, (SE)

16. A control method for MIG/MAG-welding with presence of short-circuiting droplets between an electrode end and a workpiece, the method comprising:measuring a short-circuiting time duration;
measuring an arc time duration;
calculating a period time duration by summing the arc time duration and the short-circuiting time duration;
determining a short-circuit percentage as a ratio of the measured short circuit-time duration over the period time duration;
determining a difference between the short-circuit percentage and a set value; and
generating an output signal to control energy supplied to the electrode based at least in part on the determined difference between the short-circuit percentage and the set value, by:
determining whether the period time duration exceeds a threshold value;
in response to determining that the period time duration exceeds the threshold value, decreasing the energy supplied regardless of the short-circuiting percentage;
in response to determining that the period time duration does not exceed the threshold value:
increasing the energy supplied in response to the determined short-circuit percentage exceeding the set value; and
decreasing the energy supplied in response to the determined short-circuiting percentage being less than the set value.

US Pat. No. 10,363,625

HIGH-CURRENT-DENSITY GAS-SHIELDED ARC WELDING

Kobe Steel, Ltd., Kobe-s...

1. A method for high-current-density gas-shielded arc welding, the method comprising:performing pulsed arc welding with a flux-cored wire as an electrode wire, and the flux-cored wire comprises
a steel sheath; and
a flux filled in the sheath, and
the flux-cored wire has a flux filling rate of 10 to 25 percent by mass based on the total mass of the wire and contains carbon (C) in a content of 0.08 percent by mass or less, silicon (Si) in a content of 0.5 to 1.5 percent by mass, manganese (Mn) in a content of 1.5 to 2.5 percent by mass, and titanium (Ti) in a content of 0.1 to 0.3 percent by mass,
wherein the pulsed arc welding is carried out by passing a pulsed current so that a pulse peak current density during a pulse peak time Tp is 400 to 950 A/mm2, a pulse base current density during a pulse base time Tb is 200 A/mm2 or more and differs from the pulse peak current density by 200 to 400 A/mm2, and an average current density is 350 to 750 A/mm2, and
wherein the average current density is calculated by dividing an average of the pulsed current during the pulsed arc welding by a sectional area of a current path in the flux-cored wire and calculating the average of the pulsed current during the pulsed arc welding using the formula Ia=(Ip Tp+Ib Tb)/(Tp+Tb), where Ia is the average of the pulsed current, Ip is a pulse peak current, Ib is a pulse base current, Tp is a duration of the pulse peak current, and Tb is a duration of the pulse base current.

US Pat. No. 10,363,624

ACTIVE METAL BRAZE JOINT WITH STRESS RELIEVING LAYER

DIAMOND INNOVATIONS, INC....

1. A pre-brazed assembly comprising:a superabrasive layer;
a braze foil; and
a substrate,
wherein the braze foil has the following layers in sequence:
an Ag—Cu braze alloy as the first braze layer;
a Ti layer as a second layer;
a Ag—Cu braze alloy as a third layer;
a Cu layer as a fourth layer; and
a Ag—Cu braze alloy as the last braze layer, and
wherein the first braze layer is oriented toward the superabrasive layer and the last braze layer is oriented toward the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,363,623

DESOLDERING APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A method for removing solder from a printed circuit board, comprising the steps of:providing a solder removal tool, said solder removal tool further comprising:
a hollow shaft adapted for one-handed gripping by a user, said hollow shaft having a first end and a second end opposite said first end;
an extensible rod extensible from said first end of said shaft; and
a metal punch extending outward from said second end of said hollow shaft;
pushing said extensible rod through molten solder in a hole in a printed circuit board;
breaking off a portion of said extensible rod so that said broken-off portion remains in said hole in said printed circuit board; and
pushing said broken portion of said extensible rod through said hole using said metal punch.

US Pat. No. 10,363,622

ELECTRODE FOR AN ELECTRO-EROSION PROCESS AND AN ASSOCIATED METHOD THEREOF

General Electric Company,...

1. An electrode for an electro-erosion process, comprising:a shaft comprising a channel, a plurality of first openings, and a plurality of second openings, wherein each opening of the plurality of first and second openings is connected to the channel;
a body coupled to the shaft, wherein the body comprises a plurality of main-flushing channels, wherein each main-flushing channel is connected to a corresponding first opening;
a plurality of machining-inserts spaced apart from each other along a circumferential direction of the electrode and detachably coupled to a peripheral end portion of the body, wherein each machining-insert comprises at least one third opening connected to a corresponding main-flushing channel;
an insulated layer disposed on a top surface and a bottom surface of the body; and
a flushing cover disposed on the body and coupled to the shaft, wherein the flushing cover comprises a plurality of side-flushing channels and a plurality of fourth openings, wherein each side-flushing channel is connected to a corresponding second opening.

US Pat. No. 10,363,621

COMBINED MACHINING TOOL AND MACHINING METHOD USING SAME

SUGINO MACHINE LIMITED, ...

1. A combined machining tool comprising:a shank that has its rear end to be mounted on a processing machine;
a burnishing part that is arranged on the shank and burnishes an inner peripheral surface of a workpiece; and
a reaming part that is arranged in front of the burnishing part and executes reaming wherein the burnishing part comprises:
a mandrel that is fixed to the shank and has an outer peripheral surface in a tapered shape;
rollers that are arranged on the outer peripheral surface of the mandrel;
a frame that holds the rollers so as to be rollable on the outer peripheral surface of the mandrel;
an adjustment member that presses the frame axially from one end thereof to adjust its axial position with respect to the mandrel; and
an elastic member that is arranged axially on the other side of the frame to support the frame, and
wherein the reaming part comprises:
a base part that is detachably attached to either the shank or a member which is connected to the shank; and
a machining blade that is formed integrally with the base part,
wherein a hole part is formed in either the shank or the member which is connected to the shank, to have inside a tapered surface whose diameter decreases rearward, and a cylindrical part is formed in the base part so as to be fitted into the hole part, to have outside a tapered surface whose diameter decreases rearward, so that the diameter of the tapered surface of the hole part is smaller than that of the tapered surface of the cylindrical part.

US Pat. No. 10,363,619

RECIPROCATING SAW BLADE

1. A reciprocating saw blade comprising:an elongated body having a front end portion, a rear end portion, an elongated cutting edge extending from the front end portion to the rear end portion and defining a longitudinal axis, and an opposite non-cutting back edge extending from the front end portion to the rear end portion, the body having a thickness of approximately 0.89 mm to approximately 1.15 mm; and
a tang coupled to the rear end portion, the tang being configured to be coupled to a tool holder of a powered reciprocating saw,
wherein the cutting edge comprises a plurality of teeth and gullets, the teeth having straight side faces, a kerf width from approximately 1.29 mm to approximately 1.56 mm and being arranged in a pattern of alternating tooth pitch of a smaller first tooth pitch and a larger second tooth pitch, each tooth having a zero or positive rake angle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,618

ANTI-VIBRATION METHOD OF BAND SAW BLADE IN BAND SAW MACHINE AND ANTI-VIBRATION ARRANGEMENT

AMADA HOLDINGS CO., LTD.,...

1. An anti-vibration method of a band saw blade in a band saw machine, which is configured to cut a workpiece by shifting an endless band saw blade running in a circulating manner to a cutting direction, the anti-vibration method comprising:providing a blade guide that movably guides the band saw blade and mounting a pair of nozzles on the blade guide, the blade guide being slidable with respect to the workpiece so as to move the nozzles to a position proximate a cut groove of the workpiece and inject a jetted high-pressure liquid into the cut groove at the proximate position; and
injecting the jetted high-pressure liquid in a range of 1-10 mpa from the nozzles:
toward each side face of a body of the band saw blade upon an entering-side where the band saw blade enters into the cut groove of the workpiece formed by the band saw blade in a cutting process;
toward the bottom of gullets, which are defined by spaces between adjacent saw teeth of the body of the band saw blade; and
toward a nearby area of the body of the band saw blade;
suppressing vibration of the band saw blade,
wherein the jetted high-pressure liquid is injected within gaps between the side faces of the band saw blade and cut faces of the workpiece and is introduced into the cut groove of the workpiece during the cutting process,
the jetted high-pressure liquid hitting the side faces of the band saw blade to provide a collision force that sandwiches the band saw blade so as to suppress vibration of the band saw blade; and
wherein the nozzles are orientated in a plane that both extends in the cutting direction and also extends in a direction perpendicular to the side faces of the band saw blade, and
wherein entire outlet openings of the nozzles are positioned below a midpoint of a height of the band saw blade such that the jetted high-pressure liquid is concentrated at a lower end of the band saw blade, the height of the band saw blade being in a direction that is perpendicular to the plane in which the nozzles are oriented.

US Pat. No. 10,363,617

SURGICAL SAW MOUNT AND BLADE

De Soutter Medical Ltd, ...

1. A blade mount configured to rotationally oscillate in a plane of motion, about an axis of rotation which passes through the blade mount crossing the plane of motion at a point of rotation, said blade mount comprising: a securing portion comprising two securing faces; a locking member configured to urge a blade towards the securing portion in a first direction parallel to the plane of motion, thereby securing the blade between the locking member and the securing faces; wherein the locking member is configured to be urged into an aperture of the blade and a first inclined face of the locking member is configured to apply pressure to a lock face of the blade; and wherein the two securing faces are angled such that the planes of the securing faces intersect with each other and with the plane of motion at a point of intersection such that the point of rotation lies between the point of intersection and the securing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,616

TOOL BODY, INSERT SUPPORT MECHANISM AND CUTTING TOOL

TUNGALOY CORPORATION, Iw...

1. A tool body including an insert mounting part for removably mounting a cutting insert, wherein:the tool body includes a leading end surface and an outer side surface extending from the leading end surface to a base end side;
the insert mounting part includes an opening provided in at least one of the leading end surface and the outer side surface; and
the insert mounting part includes a base surface and a side wall surface, and second and third engagement parts which are formed in the base surface and with which the cutting insert is brought into contact, and wherein
when, as viewed from a direction facing the base surface, the base surface is divided into four areas by a first boundary which is set so as to pass through substantially a center of the base surface and to extend from the leading end surface side to the base end side, and a second boundary which is set so as to pass through substantially the center of the base surface and to be orthogonal to the first boundary,
the second engagement part is formed in the first area on the outer side surface side relative to the first boundary and on the base end side relative to the second boundary,
the third engagement part is formed in the second area on the outer side surface side relative to the first boundary and on the leading end surface side relative to the second boundary,
the tool body includes a screw hole which is formed in the base surface so as to be screwed in by a fastening screw which fixes the cutting insert,
when an intersection point between a central axis of the screw hole and a virtual plane in which the base surface extends is regarded as a center point,
substantially the center of the base surface serves as the center point, and
when viewed from the direction facing the base surface, a first distance between the second engagement part and the center point is greater than a second distance between the third engagement part and the center point.

US Pat. No. 10,363,614

LASER LEVEL, BATTERY PACK AND SYSTEM

1. A laser comprising:a housing;
at least one laser generator supported by the housing and configured to emit at least one laser beam;
a battery receiving portion configured to selectively receive a first battery pack and a second battery pack, the first and second battery packs providing power for the laser generator when received in the battery receiving portion;
wherein the first battery pack is configured to be coupleable to at least one of a drill, an impact driver, a saw and a sander; and the second battery pack is configured to be blocked from coupling from the at least one of the drill, the impact driver, the saw and the sander to which the first battery pack is coupleable;
wherein the first battery pack includes first battery cells with a first chemistry;
wherein the second battery pack includes second battery cells with a second chemistry, different from the first chemistry;
wherein the second battery cells comprises alkaline cells;
wherein the first battery pack includes a first set of receptacles for providing access to a first set of terminals;
wherein the second battery pack includes a second set of receptacles for providing access to a second set of terminals; and
wherein the first set of receptacles includes a greater number of receptacles than the second set of receptacles.

US Pat. No. 10,363,613

PIPELINE REINSTATEMENT TOOL

Hurricane Reinstatement S...

1. A reinstatement tool, comprising:a flexible shaft having a first length, a first end, and a second end;
a cutting head coupled to the first end of the flexible shaft, the cutting head including:
a hollow cylindrical member having a first end, a second end, an internal surface and an external surface; and
cutting teeth disposed on a first end of the hollow cylindrical member and extending longitudinally from the first end of the hollow cylindrical member;
a coupling assembly coupled to the second end of the flexible shaft;
a first compressible tensioner portion disposed around the flexible shaft and extending a first distance along the flexible shaft, the first compressible tensioner portion disposed proximate the cutting head, the first compressible tensioner including;
first annular connector;
an intermediate annular connector;
a second annular connector;
a first compressible element having a first spring constant disposed between the first annular connector and the intermediate annular connector; and
a second compressible element having a second spring constant disposed between the intermediate annular connector and the second annulare connector
a second compressible tensioner portion disposed around the flexible shaft and extending a second distance along the flexible shaft, the second compressible tensioner portion disposed proximate the coupling assembly; and
a flexible sleeve disposed around the flexible shaft and positioned between the first compressible tensioner portion and the second compressible tensioner portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,612

POWERED DRILL APPARATUS

1. A portable power drill unit comprising an operational axis having a chuck means at one end and a substantially cylindrical or frusto-conical twist throttle handle at the other end, wherein an engine means to power said chuck means is located between said ends, and wherein rotation of the handle in the direction of forward rotation of the chuck means decreases the drill speed, and rotation of the handle in the direction of reverse rotation of the chuck means increases the drill speed, whereby reaction forces created by a jammed auger rotated by said chuck means decrease the drill speed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,611

ROTATION TOOL HAVING FUNCTION OF FIXING WORKPIECE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A machine tool for machining a workpiece having a cross-sectional shape in which an outer shape becomes gradually smaller along an axial direction, the machine tool comprising: a rotation tool mounted to a spindle through a tool holder; and a workpiece support member fixed to a table; wherein the rotation tool includes a cutter holding portion which is fixed to the tool holder and to which blade portion is fixed; a fixing device which fixes the workpiece to the workpiece support member by pressing the workpiece, the workpiece support member includes a hole that is formed so as to match the outer shape of the workpiece and in which the workpiece is disposed, the blade portion is disposed at a tip end of the cutter holding portion on a side toward the workpiece, the fixing device includes a movement portion formed to be movable translationally along an axis parallel with the spindle in the interior of the cutter holding portion, a pressing device which presses the movement portion to a side toward the workpiece, a shaft portion rotatably supported relative to the movement portion and disposed coaxially with the spindle, and a pressing portion which is disposed at a tip end of the shaft portion and presses an inner surface of the workpiece, the pressing portion is formed in a plate shape so as to correspond to a shape of a portion of the workpiece with which the pressing portion comes into contact, and the workpiece is fixed to the workpiece support member solely by the pressing portion of the fixing device and when the pressing portion presses the workpiece toward the workpiece supporting member so that the fixing device fixes the workpiece to the workpiece supporting member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,610

WHEEL BOLT HOLE CHAMFER DEVICE

CITIC Dicastal CO., LTD.,...

1. A wheel bolt hole chamfer device, being composed of a base, a support frame, a lower servo motor, a first shaft, bearing seats, a turntable, five stop blocks, five pairs of guide rails, strong springs, five sliding blocks, a cylinder, a guide post, a lifting table, an upper servo motor, a second shaft, a driving friction wheel, driven shafts, driven friction wheels, chamfer cutters, a left feeding cylinder, a right feeding cylinder, vertical guide posts, a feeding platform, corner cylinder pressure claws, axial positioning blocks and radial positioning blocks;wherein:
the five stop blocks and the five pairs of guide rails are uniformly distributed about a center of the turntable, the five stop blocks and the five pairs of guide rails being all fixed on the turntable, the five sliding blocks being respectively mounted on the five pairs of guide rails, and the five sliding blocks being connected with the five stop blocks via the strong springs;
the cylinder and the guide post being fixedly mounted in the center of the turntable, an output end of the cylinder being connected with the lifting table to control up-down motion of the lifting table, the upper servo motor being fixed on the lifting table, an output end of the upper servo motor being connected with the second shaft, and the driving friction wheel being conical and mounted on the second shaft; a driven shaft of the driven shafts being mounted on each sliding block of the five sliding blocks, a driven friction wheel of the driven friction wheels being mounted on the driven shaft, the driven friction wheels being inversely conical and matched with the driving friction wheel, and a chamfer cutter of the chamfer cutters being mounted at a top of each driven shaft of the driven shafts;
the cylinder driving the lifting table to move up, the driving friction wheel being able to be driven to move up, and pitch diameters of the chamfer cutters being able to be adjusted via taper fit of the driving friction wheel and the driven friction wheels; the upper servo motor being started to drive the driving friction wheel to rotate, and the chamfer cutters being able to rotate via fit of the driving friction wheel and the driven friction wheels; and the pitch diameter adjustment and the rotating drive of the chamfer cutters being integrated.

US Pat. No. 10,363,609

SELF-TIGHTENING ROTARY TOOL HOLDING SYSTEM

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. A rotary power tool comprising:a first collar rotationally fixed with respect to an output shaft of a power tool and including a first shank receiving opening having a longitudinal axis;
a second collar rotationally movable about the longitudinal axis with respect to the output shaft and including at least one inclined outer surface; and
at least one lever pivotably connected to the first collar and rotationally movable about the longitudinal axis relative to the second collar, the at least one lever including a first end portion configured to engage the at least one inclined outer surface and a cam located at a second end portion, the cam extending into the first shank receiving opening such that upon rotation of the output shaft in a first rotational direction, the at least one inclined outer surface is forced against the first end portion thereby forcing the cam toward the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,608

COPPER PASTE FOR JOINING, METHOD FOR PRODUCING JOINED BODY, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

HITACHI CHEMICAL COMPANY,...

1. Copper paste for joining, comprising:metal particles; and
a dispersion medium,
wherein the metal particles include sub-micro copper particles having a volume-average particle size of 0.12 ?m to 0.8 ?m, and micro copper particles having a volume-average particle size of 2 ?m to 50 ?m,
a sum of the amount of the sub-micro copper particles contained and the amount of the micro copper particles contained is 80% by mass or greater on the basis of a total mass of the metal particles, and
the amount of the sub-micro copper particles contained is 30% by mass to 90% by mass on the basis of a sum of a mass of the sub-micro copper particles and a mass of the micro copper particles.

US Pat. No. 10,363,607

ADDITIVE LAYER MANUFACTURING

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A method for the manufacture of a component of defined geometry from two or more materials using a powder bed ALM process, the method comprising:providing a bed of a first powdered material,
selectively fusing portions of the first powdered material to build up a first three dimensional portion of the component geometry,
fusing, from the first powdered material, a powder containment bund comprising a single separating wall separating the first powdered material completely from a second powdered material whereby to contain unfused first powdered material,
providing a bed of the second powdered material onto the powder containment bund and selectively fusing portions of the second powdered material to build up a second three dimensional portion of the component geometry,
removing unfused first powdered material from a first side of the containment bund and removing unfused second powder from a second side of the containment bund, and
subsequently removing parts of the containment bund which do not form part of the defined geometry of the component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,606

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR THE GENERATIVE PRODUCTION OF A COMPONENT

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...

1. A device for the generative production of a component of a gas turbine engine, comprising:a frame and a platform defining at least a portion of a working chamber;
a laser for the layerwise local hardening of an initial material disposed in a portion of the working chamber, configured and arranged to produce the component layerwise in a direction of layer construction; and
a movable induction heating arrangement with a first inductor having a first electrical loop and a second inductor having a second electrical loop for induction tempering regions of the working chamber;
wherein the first electrical loop of the first inductor is nested inside the second electrical loop of the second inductor, at least in one operating position, and
wherein the second inductor is disposed on a slider, the slider being adjustably mounted on the frame, and the first inductor is disposed on a carriage, the carriage being slidably mounted on the slider; and
wherein the slider disposes layerwise initial material in the working chamber and displaces horizontally the second inductor.

US Pat. No. 10,363,604

PROGRAM RESUMPTION METHOD OF A LAMINATION MOLDING APPARATUS

Sodick Co., Ltd., Kanaga...

1. A program resumption method of a lamination molding apparatus, comprising:a starting step to start a main program including a plurality of program lines numbered with a sequence number; and
for each of the program lines to form a sintered layer:
a setting step to set a height of a molding table to a desired height,
a recoating step to form a material powder layer of a predetermined thickness on the molding table for each divided layer, the divided layer being obtained by dividing a shape of the desired lamination molding object at the predetermined thickness,
a sintering step to irradiate a predetermined area of the material powder layer with a laser beam, thereby sintering to form the sintered layer, and
a storing step to store a sequence number of the program line; and further comprising:
a comparing step to compare a first height and a second height, and to compare a first number and a second number when the main program is resumed after suspension of the main program, the first height being a height of the molding table at present, the second height being a height of the molding table appropriate for a timing of resumption, the first number being the sequence number of a program line to be resumed, the second number being the sequence number stored in the storing step.

US Pat. No. 10,363,603

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A COMPONENT AND AN APPARATUS FOR WORKING THE METHOD

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

14. A powder deposition apparatus for producing a component, the apparatus comprising:an annular stack of heating elements, the annular stack of heating elements forming an enclosed chamber, each heating element of the annular stack of heating elements comprising a heater embedded in a thermally conductive matrix;
a base plate accommodated within the annular stack of heating elements;
a plurality of insulating elements interleaved between the heating elements, such that each insulating element of the plurality of insulating elements is positioned between axial ends of the thermally conductive matrix of adjoining heating elements, the plurality of insulating elements being positioned such that a radially inner surface of the conductive matrix of each heating element is not insulated;
a mechanism operable to deposit a plurality of layers of a powder material onto the base plate, the radially inner surface of the conductive matrix of each heating element is configured to directly contact the powder material contained within the enclosed chamber; and
a laser energy source operable to selectively fuse a portion of the deposited layer,
wherein successive layers of the powder material are deposited onto the base plate, with a predetermined clearance being maintained between the annular stack of heating elements and the component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,601

METHOD FOR THERMAL CONTROL OF CAST-IN COMPONENTS DURING MANUFACTURING

Ford Motor Company, Dear...

15. A method of forming a cast part, the method comprising:forming a mold having upper and lower portions;
placing a component having a hollow area in said lower portion;
placing an insulating material having a cavity in said area, said insulating material surrounding said component;
placing said upper portion over said lower portion to form a mold package, said upper portion being separate from said insulating material;
pouring a first portion of a molten metal into said cavity; and
pouring a second portion of said molten metal into said mold substantially around said component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,600

MOLD ASSEMBLY, MANUFACTURING METHOD AND ROTATING ELECTRICAL MACHINE HOUSINGS

6. A method of manufacturing a rotating electrical machine housing produced from a mold comprising:forming a mold comprising a top part, a bottom part, a first side part, a second side part and a center part;
attaching a bracket portion extending from a peripheral surface of the center part to a top part recess formed in an inner surface of the top part;
assembling the bottom part to the center part;
engaging two sets of first and second shoulders extending from the peripheral surface of the center part into first and second side part recesses, respectively, formed in an inner surface of each of the first side part and the second side part;
positioning box-shaped extensions formed in inner surfaces of the first and second side parts, respectively, over the peripheral surface of the center part; and
depositing cast metal in the formed mold;
wherein the first side and the second side parts have a symmetric profile; and
wherein the first side part and the second side part are mounted laterally and externally onto the peripheral surface of the center part.

US Pat. No. 10,363,599

HOT FORMING OF COOLING GALLERIES IN STEEL PISTONS

Ohio State Innovation Fou...

1. A method for forming a piston having a closed gallery, comprising the steps of:providing a billet of metal;
hot forging the billet, producing a first piston preform having a skirt, a piston pin boss and a crown;
hot forming the first piston preform by a combination of selectively heating and spin forming a crown portion of the first piston preform to generate a second piston preform having a flange and an undercut, separated axially by a gallery that is open in the radial direction, the gallery being opened up on the second piston preform without any loss of material;
hot bending the flange over the open gallery, generating a third piston preform having a closed gallery; and
machining the third piston preform having a closed gallery, generating a finished piston.

US Pat. No. 10,363,598

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PRODUCING A GEAR TOGETHER WITH A CLAMPING MEANS

GKN Sinter Metals Enginee...

1. A method for producing a gear wheel, in particular a helical gear wheel, wherein the gear wheel is produced from a gear-wheel blank which is sintered and in which a toothing is pressed so as to be oversized, wherein the gear-wheel blank has two mutually opposite end sides and one circumference, the method comprising the following method steps:clamping the gear-wheel blank in a clamp,
compressing the gear-wheel blank in the toothing by engaging at least one revolving tool having a counter-toothing which engages in the toothing of the gear-wheel blank,
wherein the gear-wheel blank during compression thereof at both end sides is radially clamped across the circumference by the clamp,
wherein each individual tooth of the toothing of the gear-wheel blank is supported by the clamp substantially across an entire tooth height;
wherein the clamp has a toothing geometry which is identical to that of the gear-wheel blank.

US Pat. No. 10,363,597

R-? TABLE APPARATUS AND PROCESSING APPARATUS OF INTERNAL THREAD

M.H. CENTER LIMITED, Mis...

1. An R-? table apparatus comprising:a table which is provided with at least one through hole having a bearing;
a guide member which holds the table to be horizontally freely movable;
a driving apparatus which is provided with at least one action axis obliquely inserted into the bearing, and drives the action axis to be freely rotated and stopped;
an elevating base which elevates the driving apparatus;
an elevating apparatus which elevates the elevating base, and changes a position of an action point at which the action axis and the bearing are engaged with each other; and
a base which is provided with a post that guides the elevating base and the guide member, and mounts the elevating apparatus,
wherein a horizontal distance between a center line of a main axis of the driving apparatus and the action point is changed by elevating the elevating base, and the table is moved to an arbitrary position without rotating along the guide member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,596

THREE-DIMENSIONAL WIRE BENDING JIG

Wire and Cable Specialtie...

1. A kit comprising:a three-dimensional wire bending jig comprising:
a tubular body having an outer surface and an inner surface, the body having a plurality of through-openings formed therein, wherein the plurality of through-openings form a repeating pattern around the body;
a pin releasably inserted into one of the plurality of through-openings, the pin having a head portion engaging the inner surface and a body portion, thinner than the head portion, wherein the body portion extends through the one of the plurality of through-openings and inwardly from the inner surface; and
a sleeve extending over the body portion extending inwardly from the inner surface.

US Pat. No. 10,363,593

MULTI-FORMING METHOD

SUNGWOO HITECH CO., LTD.,...

1. A multi-forming method, comprising:a first material supply step of loading a sheet having super-plasticity on a lower mold that is disposed on a lower mold die of a warm-forming mold and on a blank holder that is disposed on the lower mold die of the warm-forming mold through a cushion spring corresponding to a circumference of the lower mold of the warm-forming mold;
a material warm-heating step of lowering an upper mold of the warm-forming mold operated by a slider at an upper portion of the lower mold of the warm-forming mold to grasp an edge of the sheet together with the blank holder of the warm-forming mold, and heating the sheet to a warm-forming temperature through a heating cartridge disposed in the upper mold of the warm-forming mold, the lower mold of the warm-forming mold, and the blank holder of the warm-forming mold;
a warm-forming step of combining the upper mold of the warm-forming mold with the lower mold of the warm-forming mold by operating the slider of the warm-forming mold to plastic-deforms the sheet to a maximum forming depth of a product along a lower mold surface of the lower mold of the warm-forming temperature;
a material super-plasticity heating step of unloading the sheet, which is warm-deformed to the maximum forming depth of the product, from the warm-forming mold, and heating the sheet to a super-plasticity temperature in a heating device;
a secondary material supply step of loading the sheet heated to the super-plasticity temperature on a lower mold that is disposed on a lower mold die of a blow-forming mold and on a blank holder that is disposed on the lower mold die of the blow-forming mold through a cushion spring corresponding to a circumference of the lower mold of the blow-forming mold;
a blow-sealing step of combining an upper mold of the blow-forming mold operated by a slider of the blow-forming mold with the lower mold of the blow-forming mold at a predetermined pressure, the upper mold of the blow-forming mold grasping an edge of the sheet together with the blank holder of the blow-forming mold, and a sealing bead formed along an edge circumference of the lower mold of the blow-forming mold contacting the sheet disposed between the upper mold of the blow-forming mold and the lower mold of the blow-forming mold so as to prevent leakage of the blowing gas used in blow-deforming of the sheet;
a blow-forming step of supplying a blowing gas into a gap between the lower mold of the blow-forming mold and the sheet through a gas passage that is formed in the lower mold of the blow-forming mold such that the sheet is deformed to a final shape of the product along an upper mold surface of the upper mold of the blow-forming mold; and
a product unloading step of separating the upper mold of the blow-forming mold from the lower mold of the blow-forming mold and unloading the product, after the blow-forming step of the sheet to the final shape of the product in the blow-forming mold.

US Pat. No. 10,363,592

METHOD FOR PREPARING METAL COMPOSITE PLATE STRIP BY ROLLING

TAIYUAN UNIVERSITY OF SCI...

1. A method for preparing a metal composite plate by rolling, comprising:1) rolling composite surfaces of a base plate and a cladding plate, respectively, to obtain a base plate corrugation and a cladding plate corrugation for the base plate corrugation and the cladding plate corrugation mating with each other;
2) cleaning the composite surfaces of the base plate and the cladding plate to expose metal matrixes of the base plate and the cladding plate;
3) laminating the base plate and the cladding plate sequentially so that the base plate corrugation on the base plate and the cladding plate corrugation on the cladding plate mate with each other, and then compacting, welding and sealing the base plate and the cladding plate to obtain a composite plate slab, further comprising:
feeding the base plate and the cladding plate of which the corrugated surfaces mesh with each other to a press for a compaction;
packaging and welding with a vertical plate by first spot welding around the laminated composite plate slab then submerged-arc welding;
drilling three holes into the vertical plate at an end of the welded composite plate slab;
inserting pipes and hermetically welding the connecting end of the pipes with the slab, filling nitrogen through the pipes at two side holes of the three holes to replace the original air with air leakage checking;
closing the two side holes, and then vacuuming from a center hole of the three holes and closing off the center hole; and
4) rolling the composite plate slab after inspection by using a compositing machine to a desirable thickness, to obtain a metal composite plate, further comprising:
pickling on the qualified composite slab after inspection, cold rolling, to obtain a composite plate, and then trimming, leveling or straightening, and segmenting.

US Pat. No. 10,363,591

BENDING AID FOR A PRESS BRAKE

1. A support device for a press brake, comprising:(a) a base frame;
(b) at least one connecting plate arranged on the base frame for securing the support device on the press brake and defining a perpendicular connecting plane;
(c) a drive unit comprising a crank;
(d) a lever linkage system connected to the drive unit and comprising a parallel kinematic system, the lever linkage system comprising
a first main lever arm with a first rotary joint and a second rotary joint separated from the first rotary joint by a first standard interval and
a second main lever arm with a third rotary joint and a fourth rotary joint arranged parallel to the first main lever arm, the third rotary joint being separated from the fourth rotary joint by a second standard interval,
wherein the first main lever arm and the second main lever arm are mounted on the base frame by the first rotary joint and the third rotary joint,
wherein the first rotary joint and the third rotary joint lie in a main bearing plane;
(e) a support plate arranged on the lever linkage system and comprising a bearing surface positionable between a first end position and a second end position;
(f) a first support arm parallel to the main bearing plane and mounted on the first main lever arm and the second main lever arm by the second rotary joint and the fourth rotary joint, the first support arm comprising a part projecting over the fourth rotary joint;
(g) a second support arm;
(h) a positioning drive comprising a rotary drive connected to the crank;
(i) a rocker joined to the rotary drive;
(j) a fifth rotary joint arranged on the part of the first support arm projecting over the fourth rotary joint; and
(k) a sixth rotary joint, a seventh rotary joint, an eighth rotary joint, and a ninth rotary joint;
wherein the first standard interval between the first rotary joint and the second rotary joint is equal to the second standard interval between the third rotary joint and the fourth rotary joint and the second rotary joint and the fourth rotary joint are spaced further from the perpendicular connecting plane than the first rotary joint and the third rotary joint;
wherein the support plate is mounted on the first support arm by the fifth rotary joint;
wherein the support plate is connected by the sixth rotary joint to the second support arm;
wherein the second support arm is connected parallel to the first support arm by the seventh rotary joint to the first main lever arm or the second main lever arm and the seventh rotary joint is arranged along a straight line extending through the first rotary joint and the second rotary joint or extending through the third rotary joint and the fourth rotary joint; and
wherein the rocker is connected by the eighth rotary joint to the crank and by the ninth rotary joint to the lever linkage system.

US Pat. No. 10,363,590

SHAPE CORRECTION LEVELER DRIVE SYSTEMS

1. A shape-correction leveler drive system, comprising:a lower work roll drive system, the lower work roll drive system further comprising:
a lower work roll drive motor associated with a set of lower work rolls of a shape-correction leveler, the set of lower work rolls divided into an entry work roll cluster and an exit work roll cluster,
distribution gearing interposed between the lower work roll drive motor and the set of lower work rolls, the distribution gearing having an entry side output shaft and an exit side output shaft,
a pinion gear box interposed between the distribution gearing and the set of lower work rolls, the pinion gearbox adapted to engage the output shafts of the distribution gearing and to drive the entry work roll cluster separately from the exit work roll cluster, and
a variable clutch associated with the entry side work roll cluster;
an upper work roll drive system, the upper work roll drive system further comprising:
an upper work roll drive motor associated with a set of upper work rolls of the shape-correction leveler, the set of upper work rolls divided into an entry work roll cluster and an exit work roll cluster,
distribution gearing interposed between the upper work roll drive motor and the set of upper work rolls, the distribution gearing having an entry side output shaft and an exit side output shaft,
a pinion gear box interposed between the distribution gearing and the set of upper work rolls, the pinion gearbox adapted to engage the output shafts of the distribution gearing and drive the entry work roll cluster separately from the exit work roll cluster, and
a variable clutch associated with the entry side work roll cluster; and
a controller in communication with the variable clutch associated with each of the lower work roll drive system and the upper work roll drive system, the controller programmed to monitor an amount of total input torque provided by each of the respective drive motors and to adjust an amount of slippage of the associated variable clutches, so as to control a torque load applied to the entry work roll cluster of each set of lower and upper work rolls of the shape-correction leveler and thereby produce an equal sharing of load between the entry work roll cluster and exit work roll cluster of each set of lower and upper work rolls.

US Pat. No. 10,363,589

METHOD AND PLANT FOR PRODUCING EXTRUSION BILLETS

Ulrich Bruhnke, Ehningen...

1. A method for producing profiles from magnesium or magnesium alloy scraps obtained from stamping, cutting and/or machining operations, comprising:removing the scraps from a storage unit;
filling a round compression mold with the scraps;
compressing the scraps to obtain a round briquette having a density of greater than 60%;
heating the round briquette in a furnace to a temperature above 250° C.;
introducing the heated round briquette into an extruder and, under pressure, extruding the round briquette through a first die into an extrusion billet having a density of greater than 95%, wherein the round briquette is deflected one or several times under the action of a pressing force and formed into the extrusion billet;
cutting the extrusion billet;
homogenizing the extrusion billet at a temperature above 400° C. for a predetermined time period; and
extruding the extrusion billet through a second die into a profile.

US Pat. No. 10,363,588

EXTRUSION APPARATUS

Aisin Keikinzoku Co., Ltd...

1. An extrusion apparatus comprising:an extruder;
a run-out table that supports an extruded material that has been extruded from the extruder;
a feed roller that is provided so as to be able to come in rolling contact with the extruded material that is situated on the run-out table;
a pulling roller that is provided at a given interval from the feed roller so as to be able to come in rolling contact with the extruded material that has been fed by the pulling roller on the run-out table and pulls the extruded material; and
a cooling section that cools the extruded material at a position between the feed roller and the pulling roller and applies a tensile force to the extruded material while the extruded material advances from the feed roller to the pulling roller.

US Pat. No. 10,363,587

BRISTLE ELEMENT FOR BRUSH AND BRUSH ROLL

HOTANI CO., LTD., Kimino...

1. A brush bristle for use in a brush roll configured to scour a mill roll for rolling a metal sheet,the bristle comprising one or more monofilaments made of a thermoplastic resin containing abrasive particles,
the abrasive particles having a Vickers hardness lower than a Vickers hardness of the mill roll and higher than a Vickers hardness of the metal sheet,
the Vickers hardness of the abrasive particles being in a range of HV 80 to HV 450.

US Pat. No. 10,363,586

LARGE-AREA SELECTIVE ABLATION METHODS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of using a laser ablation system to clean an area of a surface with a laser beam, having a target fluence and a target irradiance, the area comprising scan regions, each having a scan width, the method comprising:using a controller of the laser ablation system to determine, based on one or more characteristics of the area of the surface, a traverse scan speed, a laser-beam average power, a laser pulse repetition rate, a laser pulse width, and a laser-beam spot area of the laser beam for each one of the scan regions to achieve the target fluence and the target irradiance of the laser beam when scanning each one of the scan regions with the laser beam, wherein a first scan width of at least one of the scan regions is different from a second scan width of another one of the scan regions; and
using the controller to cause a scanning head of the laser ablation system to sequentially scan each one of the scan regions of the area with the laser beam at the target fluence and the target irradiance, and wherein the controller causes the scanning head to:
scan the at least one of the scan regions with the first scan width, wherein the scanning head achieves the target fluence and the target irradiance when scanning the at least one of the scan regions; and
subsequently scan a different one of the scan regions with the second scan width, wherein the controller causes an adjustment in at least one of the traverse scan speed, the laser-beam average power, the laser pulse repetition rate, the laser pulse width, and the laser-beam spot area so that the scanning head achieves the target fluence and the target irradiance when scanning the different one of the scan regions.